Dec 30, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; The Team Canada decal at center ice before the start of their game against USA during the first period in an exhibition hockey game at Air Canada Centre. USA beat Canada 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Team Canada Ready for Repeat in Sochi

After months and months of debate and discussion, General Manager Steve Yzerman and the members of Team Canada finally announced the players that would be representing Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Team Canada is looking to defend their Gold Medal they won at the 2010 games on home ice in Vancouver.

Here is the list of players that will be representing Canada:

GOALIES:  Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith

FORWARDS: Sidney Crosby, Corey Perry, Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews, Jamie Benn, Patrick Sharp, John Tavares, Rick Nash, Patrick Marleau, Ryan Getzlaf, Matt Duchene, Jeff Carter, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kunitz

DEFENSEMAN: Jay BouwmeesterDrew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber

The Canadian team has to be considered one of the favorites going into the tournament.  Team Canada will be led of course by center Sidney Crosby.  Crosby is the best player in the world and leads a Canadian roster that is loaded with all-star caliber talent at every position.   The offensive fire power that Canada will be putting on the ice is second to none.

If teams are going to want to play an up tempo game, Canada has the speed to handle any pressure thrown at them.  If teams want to play a tough board game, Team Canada has the size to hold their own.  The depth of Canada will allow them to roll four lines throughout the tournament.  They will attack and put pressure on any opponents defenseman which will lead to chances.

Duncan Keith and Shea Weber lead a defense group that will be hard to beat.  Keith, who is having a great year for the Chicago Blackhawks, is one of the best passers in the game and his ability to start the play will allow the speed of Canada to get on the attack quicker.  Weber is a force down low and teams are going to take a pounding in the corners and in front of the net.

Roberto Luongo, who was the starting goalie for Team Canada in 2010, looks to be the starter that will backstop this team.

Team Canada has 11 returning players from the 2010 team that won gold.  That leadership and experience will only benefit the team going forward.  Canada opens up play on February 13th against Norway.

After looking at the roster, what do you think?  Is the Gold Medal going to stay in Canada?




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