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While watching Hockey Night In Canada last weekend on CBC, the broadcast mentioned that the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia are exactly 10 months away. The first thought that popped into my head and most likely any Canadian hockey fan, was memories of the 2010 Olympics in which Sidney Crosby took a feed from Jarome Iginla in OT of the gold medal game and beat Ryan Miller for what will be forever known as "the golden goal".
The goal cemented Sidney Crosby as the face of hockey across the international hockey community. The images of him whipping his gloves into the air and waving that massive Canadian flag will be forever instilled into the minds of Canadians everywhere.
Once I finished reminiscing on the great hockey that was played at the Vancouver games, I immediately began to ask myself "What is the 2014 Canadian men's ice hockey team going to look like?"
Here's my rendition of what I think the roster will shape up like.
Stamkos - Crosby - Giroux
Neal - Tavares - Toews
Nash - E. Staal - Perry
J. Staal - Bergeron - Eberle
Getzlaf - Hall
Letang - Subban
Seabrook - Keith
Doughty - Weber
There will always be arguments as to why a certain player wasn't chosen or even why a certain player was chosen. Stars fans reading this are probably asking where's Benn? Oilers fans are probably asking where's Schultz? Jets fans will ask where's Kane? Leafs fans will ask where's Phaneuf? Die hard Flames fans (like myself) will ask where's Iggy?....and so on and so forth. The truth of the matter is, Canada could easily ice 2 if not 3 very competitive teams at any international hockey event. When you can only chose 1 team there are always going to be players left off the roster that would be an elite talent on any other team.
I will follow this blog post up with an additional one in a few days of why I chose the roster above. Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing each person's version of the 2014 men's roster in the comments section below.
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