Friday, January 1, 2010

Team Canada Roster! :)

Head Coach: Mike Babcock

Martin Brodeur-New Jersey
Marc-André Fleury-Pittsburgh
Roberto Luongo-Vancouver

Dan Boyle-San Jose
Drew Doughty-Los Angeles
Duncan Keith-Chicago
Scott Niedermayer-Anaheim
Chris Pronger-Philadelphia
Brent Seabrook-Chicago
Shea Weber-Nashville

Patrice Bergeron-Boston
Sidney Crosby-Pittsburgh
Ryan Getzlaf-Anaheim
Dany Heatley-San Jose
Jarome Iginla-Calgary
Patrick Marleau-San Jose
Brenden Morrow-Dallas
Rick Nash-Columbus
Corey Perry-Anaheim
Mike Richards-Philadelphia
Eric Staal-Carolina
Joe Thornton-San Jose
Jonathan Toews-Chicago

Youth and inexperience highlight the roster for the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Though the roster is filled with many big name players and stars of the best hockey league in the World, 12 players are 25-years old or younger and 15 are making their first ever Olympic apperance. Chris Pronger and Martin Brodeur (though Brodeur didnt play in 1998) are the lone veterans of Canada who have been in each Olympic since NHLers were allowed to compete. Canada will bring 4 players who helped Canada break its 50-years drought at the 2002 Winter Olympics while 7 players return from Canada worst ever Olympic finish, 7th. Canada will be looking to make up for that finish and no better place to do it on home ice infront of their fans. Their roster includes many players who are on the same club including San Jose's Heatley, Thronton, Marleau and Anaheim's Getzlaf and Perry. Nobody was surprised to see the likes of Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, or Corey Perry named to the squad. But eye-catching newcomers included 20-year-old L.A. defenceman Drew Doughty, who won World Junior gold in 2008 and World Championship silver in 2009; the Chicago Blackhawks defence pairing of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook; and Boston's Patrice Bergeron, who showed great chemistry with Sidney Crosby at the '05 World Juniors and '06 Worlds and has rebounded from concussion problems.

Goaltending for Canada is a question mark on who will become the starter, after all the tournament is hosted in the city that Roberto Luongo plays in and knows the arena very well. However Martin Brodeur is the veteran on the back-end and did bring Canada its Gold Medal back in 2002 and since that Olympics has become the all-time leader in many goaltending categories. Luongo has played behind Brodeur three times before 2004 World Cup, 2005 World Championship, and 2006 Olympics. Canada will most likely play Broduer and Luongo throughout the round robin games and decide who becomes the starter during the medal rounds.

Canada brings all of its 23-man roster from the NHL

Canada is currently ranked 2nd.

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