This has been one of the most anticipated announcements this year. Exactly who would make the cut for the defending Gold Medal winners, Team Canada? Today, we get that answer.
At a press conference in Toronto, Hockey Canada made their selections; a 25-man roster that will represent them at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
There were many players that were considered locks for the squad. Players like Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby were absolute no-brainers. However, there was one name left off of the roster; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis.
However, Team Canada is in much the same position as the Lightning is this season. There are so many talented players at their disposal and just not enough slots for everyone. Unfortunately, this means that tough decisions need to be made.
Here is a look at the complete roster for the Team Canada Men’s Ice Hockey Team courtesy of NHL.com.
|Jamie Benn||06/18/1989||Victoria, BC, Canada||Dallas Stars (NHL)|
|Patrice Bergeron||06/24/1985||L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC, Canada||Boston Bruins (NHL)|
|Jeff Carter||01/01/1985||London, ON, Canada||Los Angeles Kings (NHL)|
|Sidney Crosby||08/07/1987||Halifax, NS, Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)|
|Matt Duchene||01/16/1991||Haliburton, ON, Canada||Colorado Avalanche (NHL)|
|Ryan Getzlaf||05/10/1985||Regina, SK, Canada||Anaheim Ducks (NHL)|
|Chris Kunitz||09/26/1979||Regina, SK, Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)|
|Patrick Marleau||09/15/1979||Southwestern SK, Canada||San Jose Sharks (NHL)|
|Rick Nash||06/16/1984||Brampton, ON, Canada||New York Rangers (NHL)|
|Corey Perry||05/16/1985||Peterborough, ON, Canada||Anaheim Ducks (NHL)|
|Patrick Sharp||12/27/1981||Winnipeg, MB, Canada||Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)|
|Steven Stamkos||02/07/1990||Markham, ON, Canada||Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)|
|John Tavares||09/20/1990||Mississauga, ON, Canada||New York Islanders (NHL)|
|Jonathan Toews||04/29/1988||Winnipeg, MB, Canada||Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)|
|Jay Bouwmeester||09/27/1983||Edmonton, AB, Canada||St. Louis Blues (NHL)|
|Drew Doughty||12/08/1989||London, ON, Canada||Los Angeles Kings (NHL)|
|Dan Hamhuis||12/13/1982||Smithers, BC, Canada||Vancouver Canucks (NHL)|
|Duncan Keith||07/16/1983||Winnipeg, MB, Canada||Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)|
|Alex Pietrangelo||01/18/1990||King City, ON, Canada||St. Louis Blues (NHL)|
|P.K. Subban||05/13/1989||Toronto, ON, Canada||Montreal Canadiens (NHL)|
|Marc-Edouard Vlasic||03/30/1987||Montreal, QC, Canada||San Jose Sharks (NHL)|
|Shea Weber||08/14/1985||Sicamous, BC, Canada||Nashville Predators (NHL)|
|Roberto Luongo||04/04/1979||Montreal, QC, Canada||Vancouver Canucks (NHL)|
|Carey Price||08/16/1987||Anahim Lake, BC, Canada||Montreal Canadiens (NHL)|
|Mike Smith||03/22/1982||Kingston, ON, Canada||Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)|