When it comes to the Winter Olympics, specifically Hockey, Canada typically looks to Martin Brodeur to start in net for the national team. Brodeur has played for team Canada in the last three Winter Olympics.
But this time around, with the 2014 winter games quickly approaching, Brodeur believes another goalie should be in net, instead of himself. He said that Canucks goalie, Roberto Luongo, should be the one to start for Canada.
From CBS Sports,
So if Marty has the choice, he’s picking Vancouver Canucks‘ goaltender Roberto Luongo . He also noted that Canadiens netminder Carey Price is pushing for the job. Brodeur saw his role reversed with Luongo as he split the net with him at each of the last two Olympics in 2006 and 2010.
Interestingly enough, Luongo’s two games from the 2006 Olympics may be just as relevant in the process as anything else. Neither he, nor Price have played on the wider ice surface in a long time. Price’s last international experience came seven years ago at the World Junior Championship, when he backstopped Canada to gold.
The goaltenders are often the players that have the hardest time adjusting to the bigger ice surface due to the angles being different when the boards are further away. Since neither have been on the big sheet for a while, their NHL work is essentially what is worth going off of when determining who should start.
Whoever it is, the Canadian’s goalie will surely be a good one, whether it’s Brodeur, Price, or Luongo. Who do you think ill get the nod? Sound off below.