The 25-player roster will look to defend gold in Russia. If they do, they’ll be the first country to repeat as champions since professional hockey players were allowed on rosters in 1998.
11 players on this year’s incarnation of Team Canada were on the 2010 roster. Three of them were also on the 2006 roster. Six players on Team Canada are current captains of their NHL clubs, while three are from the Chicago Blackhawks.
Among the omissions, Claude Giroux and Martin St. Louis likely top the list. Giroux is one of the top Canadian scorers over the past three years, but Steve Yzerman and Co. obviously had other things in mind when putting the team together.
“I wanted to make the team.It’s disappointing. But I’m 26-years-old and there’s a lot of hockey left,” said Giroux.
As for St. Louis, this omission stung. “I’m hopeful we can get through this and continue,” Yzerman said after announcing the selections. “[St. Louis] is a guy who I want to finish his career [in Tampa Bay] and I’m hopeful that somehow we can be fortunate enough to win a Stanley Cup. There’s not much I can say. I can’t apologize. We’ve got to make these decisions.”
“It was a little emotional when he got the news,” St. Louis’ Tampa teammate Steven Stamkos said. “It’s tough. I don’t know what more you can do or expect from him to be able to make this team. For me it’s tough to see Marty as upset as he was. He may not admit it, but he’s worked extremely hard to try to get an opportunity to get himself in the mix.”
What it comes down to is a lack of consensus. No matter how hard Yzerman could’ve lobbied for St. Louis, he simply didn’t have agreement on the selection committee. He could have overruled them, but he chose not to.
Here is the full roster:
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes
Jay Bouwmeester, St. Louis Blues
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins
Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
Rick Nash, New York Rangers
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks