MONTREAL -- Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin will sit out the Sochi Olympics, saying he's physically unable to play for Sweden.
In a statement issued by the NHL club Thursday, Sedin said: "I'm disappointed not to be physically able to represent my country at the Winter Olympic Games. This is a difficult decision but ultimately the best decision for me personally, Team Sweden and the Vancouver Canucks. I wish my teammates the best and look forward to returning to play."
Earlier, Canucks coach John Tortorella said he was shutting down Sedin for Vancouver's final two games before the Olympic break. The Canucks faced Montreal on Thursday night and will play at Toronto on Saturday night.
Sedin has played two games after missing six because of bruised ribs. He has nine goals and 40 points in 52 games this season.