There were a few surprises for Canadians who tuned in to hear Steve Yzerman, Executive Director of the men’s Canadian Olympic hockey team, announce the 23-man roster for the 2010 team earlier today.
- Martin Brodeur, 37 (New Jersey Devils)
- Roberto Luongo, 30 (Vancouver Canucks)
- Marc-Andre Fleury, 25 (Pittsburgh Penguins)
- Scott Niedermayer, 36 (Anaheim Ducks)
- Chris Pronger, 35 (Philadelphia Flyers)
- Shea Weber, 24 (Nashville Predators)
- Drew Doughty, 20 (Los Angeles Kings)
- Duncan Keith 26 (Chicago Blackhawks)
- Dan Boyle, 33 (San Jose Sharks)
- Brent Seabrook, 24 (Chicago Blackhawks)
- Sidney Crosby, 21 (Pittsburgh Penguins)
- Rick Nash, 25 (Columbus Blue Jackets)
- Jarome Iginla, 32 (Calgary Flames)
- Mike Richards, 25 (Philadelphia Flyers)
- Joe Thornton, 30 (San Jose Sharks)
- Patrick Marleau, 30 (San Jose Sharks)
- Ryan Getzlaf, 24 (Anaheim Ducks)
- Brenden Morrow, 31 (Dallas Stars)
- Corey Perry, 24 (Anaheim Ducks)
- Dany Heatley, 29 (Ottawa Senators)
- Eric Staal, 25 (Carolina Hurricanes)
- Patrice Bergeron, 25 (Boston Bruins)
- Jonathan Toews, 21 (Chicago Blackhawks)
Notably absent were a number of players who have previous Olympic experience: Vincent Lecavalier, Shane Doan, Simon Gagne, Ryan Smyth, Martin St. Louis, Robyn Regehr and Jay Bouwmeester. Granted, we had a very disappointing 7th place showing at the 2006 Olympics – one I’m sure Mr. Yzerman is working hard to ensure we do not repeat.
Although I am disappointed that a few of my favourites will not be representing Canada at the upcoming Olympics (not a single Montreal Canadien on the team? no Vincent Lecavalier?), I am already getting very excited about Olympic hockey! The first game is against Norway, February 16th.
Go Canada go!