With just a month to go before the opening ceremonies kick off the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Team Canada ended months of speculation with the Jan. 7 release of its official men's Olympic ice hockey team roster.
The team, which captured gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games following a dramatic final match against the U.S. squad, will attempt to defend the title with the help of 25 talented athletes, including 11 returning Olympians.
The trio of goaltenders selected to play for Canada include:
- Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
- Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
- Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes
The eight defensive players include:
- Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
- Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks
- Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
- Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
- Jay Bouwmeester, St. Louis Blues
- Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks
- P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
- Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
The team is rounded out by 14 forwards. Players making the cut are:
- Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
- Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
- Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
- John Tavares, New York Islanders
- Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
- Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
- Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
- Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks
- Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
- Rick Nash, New York Rangers
- Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
One of the biggest omissions from the roster is Tampa Bay Lightning captain Marty St. Louis, who was notified of his exclusion late on Jan. 6, hours before any of the other athletes up for spots on the Sochi squad were contacted. St. Louis' snub is his second; he was also left off the gold medal winning 2010 Vancouver team.
2014 Olympic ice hockey action begins Feb. 8 in Sochi.