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Team Canada: First Look Before Sochi

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)

Goal:

*Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks)

Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)

Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes)

Defense:

Jay Bouwmeester (St. Louis Blues)

*Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)

Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks)

*Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)

Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues)

P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)

Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose Sharks)

*Alternate Captain: Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)

Forwards:

Right Wings:

*Rick Nash (New York Rangers)

*Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks)

Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Centers:

*Captain: Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)

*Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)

Jeff Carter (L.A. Kings)

Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche)

*Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)

John Tavares (New York Islanders)

*Alternate Captain: Johnathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)

Left Wings:

Jamie Benn: also a centre (Dallas Stars)

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.

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