After much speculation and debate, Team Canada finally announced their 25-man roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. With there being so many talented players from Canada, this was certainly not an easy decision and there are several players deserving that have been left off the team. The team consists of three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 14 forwards. Without further ado, let`s show you the roster.
Here is a look at Team Canada's 2014 Olympic Hockey Team
Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith
Jay Bouwmeeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, PK Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber
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
As you can see Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, along with forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp, all made the team. Sharp was on the bubble, but his play over the last month cemented his spot on Team Canada. Toews and Keith were locks to make the team.
Among those left off the team from the Blackhawks include goaltender Corey Crawford and defenseman Brent Seabrook. Both players made a strong case for making the roster, but ultimately fell short.
In other Olympic hockey related news, Blackhawks forwards Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa made Team Slovakia, while forward Marcus Kruger and defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Nick Leddy made Team Sweden. Defenseman Michal Rozsival made Team Czech Republic and of course, forward Patrick Kane made Team USA.
The Blackhawks have a total of 10 players representing their respected Countries in the Olympics.
The tournament begins on February 8 in Sochi, Russia.
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