Today mark’s one of many infamous days leading up to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, as the official Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey team was announced (with live feeds streaming across the nation thanks to CTV). The announcement was made at a live press conference held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, currently hosting the World Junior Championships.
The Canadian men’s hockey team will consist of three goaltenders, seven defencemen and thirteen forwards. To kick off the team selection Steve Yzerman (the Executive Director of the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team) announced the first of 23 men, Scott Niedermayer, a veteran defenceman as the Captain of the team.
The next announcement rolled out were the goal tenders, Roberto Luongo, Martin Brodeur and Marc-Andre Fluery. There was no indication as to who would be the starting net minder and who would be second or third string, but my bets are on Brodeur, Luongo, and Fleury respectively.
The defencemen roster was next to be announced and the seven men selected include; Dan Boyle, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Brent Seabrook, and Shea Weber. Overall, this is a pretty solid defence team consisting of veterans as well as young blood which should definitely make for an interesting mix!
Up next were the final announcements, the forwards (and likely the names we’ll be hearing most out of all the respective Canadian athletes). This lineup of thirteen include; Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf (a should out to my home town Regina boy – EFF YEAH!), Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Patrick Marleau, Brenden Morrow, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Michael Richards, Eric Staal, Joe Thornton, and Jonathan Toews.
The alternate captains were also named (should Niedermayer be injured or not able to assume responsibility for any reason) including; Crosby, Iginla and Pronger.
Without a doubt this team will shine in just over a month and a half as the Olympics kick off in Vancouver. The first official game for the Canadian men’s team is February 16th, four days after the opening ceremonies. It should be noted that Yzerman is able to revise his roster at any point up until this first game, so for these soon-to-be legendary twenty-three men, nothing is set in stone, er medal, until then.
For a complete index of the entire Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey team including stats, photos, team information and more, check out the following link from the Hockey Canada website.