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Canadian Olympic hockey team includes former Greyhound

Tuesday, January 07, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team has been named.

The team has a local tie as former Soo Greyhounds forward Jeff Carter, currently a centre with the Los Angeles Kings, was one of 14 forwards named to the roster.

Carter has 15 goals and 26 points in 33 games this season with the Kings.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby heads a list of forwards that included some surprise choices.

Also among the forwards on the roster were: Jamie Benn (C/LW – Dallas), Patrice Bergeron (C – Boston), Matt Duchene (C – Colorado), Ryan Getzlaf (C – Anaheim), Chris Kunitz (LW – Pittsburgh), Patrick Marleau (C/LW – San Jose), Rick Nash (RW/LW – New York Rangers), Corey Perry (RW – Anaheim), Patrick Sharp (LW – Chicago), Steven Stamkos (C – Tampa Bay), John Tavares (C – New York Islanders), Jonathan Toews (C- Chicago)

Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators leads a group of defencemen that includes eight players. Also on the blueline is: Jay Bouwmeester (St. Louis), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), Dan Hamhius (Vancouver), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis), P.K. Subban (Montreal) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose).

In goal, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo returns after backstopping Canada to Olympic gold in 2010. Carey Price of Montreal and Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes round out the goaltending trio.

A number of notable omissions included another former Greyhounds in San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton. Other notable players not included on the roster were forwards Claude Giroux (Philadelphia), James Neal (Pittsburgh), Eric Staal (Carolina), Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay) and Logan Couture (San Jose) as well as defencemen Dan Boyle (San Jose) and Brent Seabrook (Chicago).

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MikeQ 1/7/2014 1:26:06 PM Report

Roster looks okay... surprised seabrook and doyle got ousted though.
old-cat33 1/7/2014 3:10:31 PM Report

I would have went with Crawford before Luongo!
But that's the way things go.
sooguy88 1/7/2014 3:14:47 PM Report

where is Giroux and Neal!
Oldie Goldie 1/7/2014 3:57:14 PM Report

Not 1 player from Toronto Maple Leafs !
ginja 1/7/2014 5:26:50 PM Report

Very sad not see Martin St.Luis in the lineup. Bad move that was.
Camaro_Z28 1/7/2014 5:32:28 PM Report

@Oldie Goldie�


2 players from the leafs are on the american team atleast, but ya Canada wise Phaneuf was the closest player we had thats not saying much he got invited atleast lol
Concerned citizen 1/7/2014 6:30:29 PM Report

Looking for local connections, is goalie Mike Smith not married to a former Soo Olympian. B. Acton? Could be confused but seem to recall reading that a few years back.
rebel469 1/7/2014 10:06:37 PM Report

St.Louis, Seabrook and Crawford before Marleau, Vlasic and Smith.
Alystr 1/7/2014 10:43:28 PM Report

Canada is going to get smoked with Luongo in net.. He is not a good under pressure goalie. Sure he has a gold but sucked bad since then..
sinikka 1/8/2014 12:51:21 AM Report

St. Louis has more points than half of the players picked. Pretty bad when your own GM shuns you even though you have carried the Lightning with the absence of stamkos. I think that luongo is only effective when he faces 18 shots a night in Vancouver. Carey Price will end up being the starter. Also I would have taken eric staal over nash. What has he done lately. Stop picking based on popularity. Many questioned the subban pick but he is twice the defenceman that bowmeester, or vlasic. Either way we all be watching.
renee147 1/8/2014 8:49:58 AM Report

Hey I'm a huge Canucks fan and even I WOULD NEVER have picked Luongo! Agree with comments below that Luongo has not had much success since past Olympics and definitely Crawford would have been a better choice, thank god we have a better backup choices in Price & Smith to step up to the plate when Luongo chokes...again!
coy 1/8/2014 11:22:15 PM Report

Renee I must agree with you on this. I too am a huge Vancouver fan and would not have picked Luongo. He sucks!! in net. Too bad he costs too much to get rid of, whoever his agent was knew what they were doing. I don't mind the roster otherwise it is okay. I guess we will see what happens, I hope something better than the Junior team.
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