Reuters - Tue, 02 Feb 13:56:00 2010
New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin ruled himself of this month's Vancouver Olympics, opting to withdraw from the US team because he has not fully recovered from a broken arm.
"After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my name from participation with Team USA at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver," Martin said in a statement released by the Devils.
"While the decision was an extremely difficult one, I feel it is in my long-term best interest to not rush any return to the ice."
Martin fractured his left foreman on October 24 when he was hit by a slap shot from Pittsburgh's Bill Guerin.
The United States opens their Olympic campaign with a game against Switzerland on February 16.