Who made the Team Canada hockey roster for the Sochi Olympics

Crosby and key players from Vancouver make the cut


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Canada names Sochi Olympic roster, Kunitz, St. Louis among as final decisions

Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

Canada’s Sidney Crosby celebrates his game-winning goal against the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver on Feb. 28, 2010. Team Canada has announced its 25-man roster for the Sochi Olympics, and it’s built around key contributors from the team that won gold four years ago in Vancouver.Crosby is back and likely will be named captain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
TORONTO – Team Canada’s management staff met for seven hours to decide on the final players on the 25-man roster for the Sochi Olympics, and predictably there was still plenty of debate over who made it and who didn’t.

In the final analysis, forwards Jeff Carter, Patrick Marleau and Chris Kunitz were named to the roster, while Martin St. Louis, Claude Giroux and Logan Couture were left off.

“Every one of us in Canada has an opinion on who should be on this team and nobody’s wrong,” executive director Steve Yzerman said Tuesday. “Nobody’s wrong because they’re all really good players. Ultimately, this group is in charge of deciding who the 14 (forwards), eight (defencemen) and three (goalies) are.”

Of the 25, 11 won gold at the Vancouver Games. That includes Sidney Crosby, who scored the overtime winner in the 2010 final, and goaltender Roberto Luongo, who is likely to split the 2014 tournament’s first two games with Carey Price.

Forwards Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Patrice Bergeron, Rick Nash and Marleau and defencemen Shea Weber, Duncan Keith and Drew Doughty also return from 2010.

“I like the makeup and (think) the experience of Stanley Cup-winners and 11 gold-medallists and 12 participants in the Olympics before is going to be key as we move forward,” said Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues GM and member of Team Canada’s management staff.

Price and forwards John Tavares and Steven Stamkos lead the group of newcomers, which is full of youth and speed, which will be key on the international-sized ice surface.

Other newcomers chosen by Yzerman and his management team include forwards Kunitz and Matt Duchene and defencemen Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo and P.K. Subban, who was the subject of much debate leading up to Tuesday’s announcement.

“In the end we’ve put together the best group of players we possibly can,” coach Mike Babcock said. “Now we have to become the best team we possibly can.”

Team Canada is hoping to cash in on Kunitz’s natural chemistry with his Penguins teammate Crosby.

“A lot of people have asked me is Kunitz being helped by Sidney Crosby,” Yzerman said. “They help each other. He’s a tremendous player and ultimately, we asked ourselves, does he belong on this team? And the answer is yes.”

St. Louis, snubbed in 2010 by Yzerman, was cut again this time around. Joe Thornton, Eric Staal and Dan Boyle were also considered candidates who didn’t make the cut.

Yzerman said St. Louis, who plays in Tampa, was an especially hard decision.

“He’s a tremendous hockey player who has played outstanding hockey for us in Tampa this year,” said Yzerman, who is the general manager of the Lightning. “Our team has a good record and he’s a big reason why our team is playing well.”

Lightning forward Stamkos’ status for the tournament is unclear as he continues to recover from a broken leg. Yzerman said his rehab is going well.

“If he’s healthy he’s one of the best 25 players obviously in Canada and should be on that team,” said Yzerman.

Canada’s roster features two of the NHL’s top three scorers in Crosby (23 goals, 40 assists) and Getzlaf (20 goals and 28 assists). U.S. winger Patrick Kane (23 goals, 31 assists) is the other.

Canada beat the United States in overtime to win the gold medal in 2010 when Crosby beat Ryan Miller. It was Canada’s second gold medal since the NHL began sending its players at the 1998 Nagano Games.

Canada opens the Sochi Games Feb. 13 against Norway.

The full roster

Goalies: Roberto Luongo; Carey Price; Mike Smith

Defencemen: 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

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Who made the Team Canada hockey roster for the Sochi Olympics

  1. Subban a mistake IMO.

    • Perhaps, but he’ll be relegated to the fourth line and given a stern talking to about individuality and risk-taking. He is the Norris trophy winner.

    • Wrong. His speed is an asset on the big ice.

    • I disagree, I think Neal is the biggest mistake.

      • the biggest mistake is bouwmeester or vlasic

        • You must be joking, you never watched them play, did you?

      • Neal is good at scoring but lacks discipline.

    • And you are wrong. He is one of the best skaters and can skate around everyone on the big ice. Yet you might be right if he becomes an idiot, in which case he’ll be benched.

  2. Steve Harper made the list this year by getting a minister of transport to proxy on his behalf and a little promo for his book from his stellar ghost writers, who wrote on the history of hockey. that’s why I have no interest in the Olympics, its getting too political. there is nothing sacred when it comes to this harper government.This announcement today felt more like another eCONomic Action Plan add to me. How much has this cost the taxpayer today ?

    • what is this??

    • Bad idea to bring your politics into a discussion of the national passion….no place for it here.

  3. Rick Nash is having a horrid season, and our goaltending is less than stellar. Josh Harding is the only name that comes to my mind as a better pick (for goalies). He’s having a career year.

    • Agree! But lets face it, our roster still kicks ass.

  4. no way peter subban will make something happen. hes the best defence in the league

    • You do know his name isn’t peter right?

      • He’s replying to the man named Peter….

      • no way peter, subban will make something happen. hes the best defence in the league

  5. If Luongo doesnt get injured again he should be starting I think

    • Price is playing better, if he doesn’t implode.

    • yea I feel Price should be the starter

  6. No Neal?? Are u kidding me? And what about Letang? Vlasic over Letang? Neal should have been a lock with Stamkos injured. How can you honestly name a non-playing, seriously injured player to an Olympic roster? You blew it on this one Yzerman!!

    • Let’s just hope Yzerman doesn’t let a 50% Stamkos play in the Olympics. Stamkos will be on other rosters, I just don’t want to see any half hurt players playing… like in other years. 50% Stamkos should not be playing against the elite players of the world.

    • Someone will replace Stamkos spot if he is not 100%, most likely a few players will be replaced due to injuries in the coming month. Letang is good but he is at -5 this year playing in Pittsburgh.

    • Letang is a defensive liability and having a so-so season. Stamkos is quite simply the biggest scoring threat in the NHL when he’s healthy, which he will be shortly. Neal has no discipline. We don’t need another Bertuzzi moment like we had in 2006.

  7. yo wheres EVERLE???!!!???!!!

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  9. should have grabbed St.Louis, that was there biggest mistake I feel! good luck boiz