Oct 5, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) shoots the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at the United Center. The Lightning beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Team Canada Releases 2014 Olympic Men’s Hockey Roster

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.

Forwards
Name Birthdate Hometown Current Team
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)

 

Defensemen
Name Birthdate Hometown Current Team
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)

 

Goaltenders
Name Birthdate Hometown Current Team
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)

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