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Default Re: Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

Canada and Russia will make its final roster announcement today for their hockey teams, but I'll post the rest up in the meantime and get to theirs later.

US Team

Head Coach: Dan Bylsma
Forwards
David Backes, St. Louis Blues
Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche
Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets
Defensemen
John Carlson, Washington Capitals
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
Goalies
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Among the snubs:
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators: The big forward was a member of the 2010 Vancouver Games silver medalists, but his speed and defensive prowess were thought to be a problematic fit for Sochi.
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets: A big body in front of the net with a solid shot, his defensive lapses probably prevented him from making the cut.
Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets: Perhaps the biggest surprise, as the his speed and offense seemed suited for the larger ice. The U.S went with Faulk and Fowler, two younger players, instead.
Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes: One of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL and a solid power play point man, Yandle might have been seen as a defensive liability on the larger ice.




Sweden


Goalkeepers:
Jhonas Enroth, Jonas Gustavsson, Henrik Lundqvist
Defencemen:
Alexander Edler, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Erik Karlsson, Niklas Kronwall, Johnny Oduya, Henrik Tallinder
Forwards:
Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Bäckström, Patrik Berglund, Jimmie Ericsson, Loui Eriksson, Johan Franzén, Carl Hagelin, Marcus Krüger, Gabriel Landeskog, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Jakob Silfverberg, Alexander Steen, Henrik Zetterberg
Six players from the 2006 gold medal-winning squad with Alfredsson competing in his fifth Games. Jimmie Ericsson, brother of Jonathan, is the only non-NHL player on the roster.
Among the missing names: Jonas Brodin, Hampus Lindholm and Victor Hedman on defense, along with Tobi Enstrom, who declined his invitation in October. Up front, Mika Zibanejad, Patric Hornqvist, Marcus Johansson are notable omissions. Robin Lehner lost out in net to Enroth and Gustavsson. Given injuries to Eriksson, Ekman-Larsson and Steen, along with any others that might pop up in the next month, there is a chance for injury replacement.




Finland
Goalkeepers:
Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Tuukka Rask
Defensemen:
Lasse Kukkonen, Juuso Hietanen, Sami Lepistö, Olli Määttä, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Ossi Väänänen, Sami Vatanen
Forwards:
Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Mikko Koivu, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jori Lehterä, Antti Pihlström, Tuomo Ruutu, Teemu Selänne
Notable names absent: Sean Bergenheim, World Junior hero Rasmus Ristolainen and Pekka Rinne (injured).
Had Rinne been healthy this season, he would have made the Finnish net even scarier than it currently stands with Lehtonen, Niemi and Rask between the pipes. Head coach Erkka Westerlund will be pretty confident with that group.
Mikko Koivu gets named as he deals with an ankle injury that will keep him out at least a month. As with any injury replacements, Finland has up until right before the tournament begins to swap him out should he be prevented from playing.
From one Koivu to another. One name not on the list is four-time Olympian Saku Koivu. According to Finnish reporter Matias Strozyk, Koivu was on the final list up until a few days ago before withdrawing from consideration because he wasn't happy with his recovery from a concussion he suffered in October that cause him to miss a month.
"I feel that in my case dreams and reality are conflicting," said Koivu in a statement. 'I would prefer to be replaced by a better-prepared player."
One final note: According to the IIHF, Teemu Selanne will become just the second hockey player ever to participate in six Olympic Games, joining countryman Raimo Helminen.




Switzerland


Goalies: Jonas Hiller (Anaheim Ducks), Reto Berra (Calgary Flames), Tobias Stephan (Ginevra Servette)
Defense: Severin Blindenbacher (ZSC Lions), Raphael Diaz (Montréal Canadiens), Philippe Furrer (Berna), Roman Josi (Nashville Predators), Mathias Seger (ZSC Lions), Mark Streit (Philadelphia Flyers), Julien Vauclair (Lugano), Yannick Weber (Vancouver Canucks)
Forwards: Andres Ambühl (Davos), Matthias Bieber (Kloten Flyers), Simon Bodenmann (Kloten Flyers), Damien Brunner (New Jersey Devils), Luca Cunti (ZSC Lions), Ryan Gardner (Berna), Denis Hollenstein (Ginevra Servette), Simon Moser (Milwaukee Admirals), Nino Niederreiter (Minnesota Wild), Martin Plüss (Berna), Kevin Romy (Ginevra Servette), Reto Suri (Zugo), Morris Trachsler (ZSC Lions), Roman Wick (ZSC Lions) Il capitano della Svizzera alle Olimpiadi sarà Mathias Seger.
As you can see, there are a few NHL players that made the cut. Sven Baertschi, rookie of diminishing returns for the Calgary Flames, was not one of them.


Norway


Goaltenders: Lars Haugen, Dinamo Minsk (BLR/KHL), Lars Volden, Espoo Blues (FIN), Steffen Søberg, Valerenga Oslo (NOR)
Defensemen: Alexander Bonsaksen, Valerenga Oslo (NOR), Jonas Holos, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RUS), Henrik Solberg, Stavanger Oilers (NOR), Daniel Sorvik, Valerenga Oslo (NOR), Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Farjestad Karlstad (SWE), Mats Trygg, Lorenskog (NOR), Henrik Odegaard, Missouri Mavericks (CHL)
Forwards: Morten Ask, Valerenga Oslo (NOR), Anders Bastiansen, Farjestad Karlstad (SWE), Robin Dahlstrom, Orebro HK (SWE), Kristian Forsberg, MODO Ornskoldsvik (SWE), Mads Hansen, Storhamar Dragons (NOR), Marius Holtet, Farjestad Karlstad (SWE), Sondre Olden, Valerenga Oslo (NOR), Ken Andre Olimb, DEG Dusseldorf (GER), Mathis Olimb, Frolunda Gothenburg (SWE), Mats Rosseli Olsen, Frolunda Gothenburg (SWE), Niklas Roest, BIK Karlskoga (SWE-2), Martin Roymark, Farjestad Karlstad (SWE), Per-Age Skroder, MODO Ornskoldsvik (SWE), Patrick Thoresen, SKA St. Petersburg (RUS), Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers (NHL)
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