From Canada to Latvia and USA to Russia, all the countries participating in mens hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympics have announced their rosters for the tournament. After reviewing each roster, which team do you think has the best chance at claiming gold?
Team USA is the reigning silver medalists from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver after losing a heartbreaker in overtime against Canada. Once again Ryan Miller will be called upon between the pipes for the USA and will look to Phil Kessel and Ryan Callahan to lead the team’s offence. Does the USA have the fire power to challenge for gold or will their Bobby Ryan snub come back to bit them in the butt? For a full breakdown of the US roster click here.
Team Russia is the home team for the 2014 Olympics and will be looking to win the gold in the Olympics for the first time in the NHL player era while doing so on home ice. Alexander Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk will power the teams offence while Sergei Bobrovsky and Semyon Varlamov will be responsible for backing up their defence. Russia certainly has the fire power to rack up the goals but do they have the defence to bring home the gold? Click here for Russia’s roster.
Team Sweden may be the underdog of the tournament but they may also have one of the more stacked rosters heading into the 2014 Olympics. For the most part Sweden’s roster is the Detroit Red Wings as 6 Red Wings will dress for Sweden including Henrik Zetterberg and Jonas Gustavsson. Buffalo Sabres back-up goaltender Jhonas Enroth and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will also be between the pipes for Sweden. Click here to check out Sweden’s roster.
Team Latvia may the ultimate underdog for the 2014 Olympics with Zemgus Girgensons being the only NHL player on the roster and Ted Nolan behind the bench. If you’re interested here is Latvia’s line-up for the 2014 Olympics.
The Czech Republic is going with aging veterans for the 2014 Olympics as their roster will include Jaromir Jagr and Tomas Kaberle. Does the Czech have enough speed to compete on the big ice? Here’s their full roster
Team Finland will have Teemu Selanne poised for his 6th Olympics with Tuukka Rask between the pipes and Leo Komarov helping solidify the offence. Does Finland have what it takes to bring home the gold? Here’s Finlands roster.
Lastly we have the Slovaks who will be led by Zdeno Chara on the blue line with Marian Hossa leading the way offensively and Jaroslav Halak between the pipes. Does Slovakia have what it takes to win? Here is their roster.
After looking at all the rosters who do you think has the best chance to take home the gold?