On Tuesday morning, we found out which 25 players will play on the Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team at Sochi 2014. Since then, all of Canada has debated who the biggest surprises on the team and the biggest omissions from the team are. However, as much as we debate, these are the guys that our leader Steve Yzerman has selected to wear the maple leaf with pride come February.
So let’s take a quick look at some fun facts about the three goalies, eight defencemen, and 14 forwards that will form Team Canada for Sochi 2014.
Of the 25 players on the team, 12 of them have been to an Olympics before (meaning 13 of them will be Olympic rookies). Of the 12 Olympic veterans on the team, 11 of them were at Vancouver 2010. Only Roberto Luongo and Rick Nash have played in two Olympic hockey tournaments (both were a part of the team for Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010). Jay Bouwmeester is the lone player on the 2014 team who competed at Turin 2006 but not at Vancouver 2010.
OLYMPIC STATS LEADERS
After recording one Goal and seven Assists in seven games at the Vancouver 2010 Games, Jonathan Toews leads the 2014 team with eight Olympic Points scored. Sidney Crosby and Corey Perry lead the team in Olympic goal production, having both scored four Goals each at the Vancouver 2010 tournament. Roberto Luongo enters Sochi 2014 as the only goalie out of the three on the team to have played at the Olympics. Rick Nash is the most experienced Olympian of the bunch with 13 games played over 2 Olympics.
Olympic Points leader: Jonathan Toews – 8 Points
Olympic Assists leader: Jonathan Toews – 7 Assists
Olympic Wins leader: Roberto Luongo – 6 Wins
Olympic Games Played leader: Rick Nash – 13 Games played
2014 STATS LEADERS
Sidney Crosby has been his usual self so far in 2014, leading the league in both Points and Assists. Patrick Sharp is also having a banner year, currently one goal ahead of Crosby for the NHL goal-scoring lead. Currently, 4 of the Top 5 Points scorers in the NHL are Canadian (other than Crosby: John Tavares, Ryan Getzlaf, and Chris Kunitz). Olympic rookie Carey Price has had a stellar season in net for Montreal, with the 6th most wins of any goalie in the NHL.
Most Points (as of Jan 9): Sidney Crosby – 65 Points
Most Goals (as of Jan 9): Patrick Sharp – 25 Goals
Most Assists (as of Jan 9): Sidney Crosby – 41 Assists
Most Wins (as of Jan 9): Carey Price – 20 Wins
STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS
NHL TEAM CAPTAINS
While Crosby and Toews appear to be the favourites to wear the ‘C’ in Sochi, Team Canada features five players that lead their NHL team as team captain. It is safe to say that Team Canada at Sochi 2014 will have plenty of leadership.
BY NHL TEAM
The Chicago Blackhawks lead the way with three of their players on Team Canada for Sochi 2014. Seven teams have two players on the team, eight team have a single representative, and there are 14 NHL teams without a 2014 Canadian Olympian.
Boston Bruins: 1 player (Patrice Bergeron)
Colorado Avalanche: 1 player (Matt Duchene)
Dallas Stars: 1 player (Jamie Benn)
Nashville Predators: 1 player (Shea Weber)
New York Islanders: 1 player (John Tavares)
New York Rangers: 1 player (Rick Nash)
Phoenix Coyotes: 1 player (Mike Smith)
Tampa Bay Lightning: 1 player (Steven Stamkos)
Teams with no players: (14) Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets)
Team Canada is bringing a team of big boys to Sochi, with only two players listed at under 6 feet tall (Sidney Crosby and Matt Duchene are both the shortest on the team at 5’11″). When it comes to the tallest on the team, there is a battle for the top, with six players towering at 6’4″.
Along with being one of the tallest on Team Canada, Shea Weber is also the heaviest player on the team. He probably also boasts the hardest shot on the team, having clocked a slapshot at 106 mph at the 2012 All-Star Skills Competition. There are five players on the team listed at less than 200 lbs, but the lightest guy of them all is NHL superstar and Olympic rookie Steven Stamkos.
Heaviest: Shea Weber – 233 lbs
Lightest: Steven Stamkos – 190 lbs
At Vancouver 2010, 20 year-old Drew Doughty was the youngest player on the team. Doughty returns in 2014, but this time 23 year-old Matt Duchene will be the youngest. At 10 years older, the elder statesman on the team at Sochi 2014 will be 33 year-old goalie Roberto Luongo.
Oldest: Roberto Luongo – born April 1979
Youngest: Matt Duchene – born January 1991
After having 10 players on the team at Vancouver 2010, Team Canada at Sochi 2014 will have 11 players from Ontario (the most of any province). The only provinces/territories without a representative on the team are: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and the Yukon.
Alberta: 1 player (Bouwmeester)
Manitoba: 1 player (Toews)
Nova Scotia: 1 player (Crosby)