Well, there were more than a few surprises for players that made the team and those who didn’t make the team.
Hockey Canada announced today the team that will suit up together next month in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
This is the team that was announced.
Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars), Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins), Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks), Rick Nash (New York Rangers), Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), Patrick Sharp (Chicago Blackhawks), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning), John Tavares (New York Islanders), Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
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), Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
Quite frankly, as I was listening to the announcement earlier today, as soon as I heard Steve Yzerman call Carter’s name, I was absolutely surprised as I had not heard anything about him being named to the team.
The other surprise players that made the team include Marleau and Hamhuis. I was hoping that Kunitz wasn’t going to be on the team, but I guess Crosby really wanted Kunitz on the team.
This is still a good team, but I doubt anyone was thinking that this would be the team that would represent Canada in a month. The team has 11 returnees from the 2010 Vancouver Games, one in goal, three on the blue line and the other seven are forwards obviously.
Can this edition of Team Canada repeat as Gold Medal winner? The pressure will definitely be on them. We’ll have to wait a month to see if they can.
To everyone named to the team, consider the next month an extended training camp.