UPDATE 12:10 PM- Let the debate begin. Listed below are the 25 players that will represent Team Canada at the Olympics in Sochi. Some notable omissions including Claude Giroux, Martin St. Louis and Logan Couture.
Goaltenders: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith
Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber
Forwards: Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews
It’s always one of the most talked about and debated topics in the hockey world- Team Canada’s Olympic hockey roster.
All the speculation will be put to bed this morning at 10:00 AM when Steve Yzerman and his staff announce the players that will represent our country at the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
And once the roster is announced the debate will really begin. Yzerman has some extremely difficult decisions to make with a wealth of Canadian talent at all positions. How much value will Canada put in “chemistry”? Will they go with veteran guys or give some young stars their first chance at the Olympic experience? And how important is it to bring a balance of left and right handed defenceman?
All these questions and more will be announced this morning at 10:00 AM.
Other countries, including Sweden and Russia, have yet to formally announce their rosters. Robin Lehner was believed to be in the running for Team Sweden but it does not appear that he’ll be selected. Erik Karlsson is a lock. Yesterday, Milan Michalek was named to the Czech Republic team.
If Senators news breaks we’ll have that as well but in the meantime, Olympic hockey is the topic of the day.
What are you expecting from this morning’s announcement?