Before the various countries began announcing their teams, there was speculation over who would be named. Team Canada was the hardest to predict. Ultimately, Team Canada chose 11 players to return from the 2010 team in Vancouver, BC four years ago.There were many surprising omissions, but honestly, how do you field a Canadian team without leaving someone out? It’s also impossible to pick only one or two names on the roster to highlight; so I’ll be breaking down the entire team over a series of posts.
The Roster break down looks like this: (* denotes returning players)
Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks)
Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues)
P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)
*Rick Nash (New York Rangers)
Jeff Carter (L.A. Kings)
*Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
*Alternate Captain: Johnathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins)
*Patrick Marleau: also a centre (San José Sharks)
Patrick Sharp (Chicago Blackhawks)
Not listed is Steven Stamkos. An injury sustained in a November 11th game against Boston showed Stamkos leaving the ice on a stretcher. Later it was announced that Stamkos broke his tibia after colliding with the goal post. It was a shock to most of the hockey world to hear that Martin St. Louis was not among those named to Team Canada initially. On February 6, St. Louis was chosen to take the place of Stamkos on the team.
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It’s no secret, the Canadians are over loaded with Certremen. So the question becomes this: Who will shift over to a wing? In the next few days, I will be breaking down the team based on position.I’ll also give you some ideas of what to look for as the games in Sochi, Russia gear up for the men’s hockey tournament.