According to Geoff Lowe of Rogers Sportsnet on Monday, Don Cherry of Hockey Night in Canada is very surprised that Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was not named to the Canadian men's hockey team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Seabrook, a defenseman from Richmond, British Columbia won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and has won two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks since the last Olympic Winter Games.
In 2013-14, Seabrook has six goals and 27 assists for 33 points in 54 games played and is a +22. A possible issue why he was not chosen was because he shoots right. Team Canada management already had right handed shooting defensemen Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues, P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.
But one could make the argument and agree with Cherry that it is not critical that Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock play a left handed and right handed shooting defenseman together. For example, Weber and Doughty played marvelously together at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.