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Old 07-19-2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default NHL players to take part in 2014 Olympics

NHL players to take part in 2014 Olympics
Friday, 07.19.2013 / 12:15 PM / 2014 Olympics
By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Canadian superstar Sidney Crosby again should be among a legion of NHL players with the chance to become the next Olympic hero.

The NHL announced Friday that the League will pause the 2013-14 regular-season schedule for roughly two weeks in February so the League's players can participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics, to be held in Sochi, Russia. The decision to once again send NHL players to the Olympics was a joint agreement between the League and the National Hockey League Players' Association.

The dozen nations competing for gold in Sochi are Russia, Slovakia, the United States, Slovenia, Finland, Canada, Norway, Austria, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland and Latvia. NHL players should have a presence on each of the 12 teams.

Slovenia is participating in its first Olympic men's hockey tournament after failing to qualify for the past six. Austria is back in the tournament for the first time since 2002, while Belarus and Germany, which took part in the 20110 tournament, did not qualify for the 2014 event.

For Crosby and Canada, it will be an opportunity to become the first country since the Soviet Union in 1988 to repeat as Olympic champion. The Unified Team, which comprised Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Armenia, also won gold in 1992.

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Default Re: NHL players to take part in 2014 Olympics

Orientation camp is August 23-24. Here's links for the rosters for US, Canada, and Russia. You'll notice a couple of names missing who were there before. Bryz (for Russia), and Fleury and Brodeur for Canada (not surprised by any of these).

4 Pens will be in attendance for Canada (Crosby, Kunitz, Letang, and Neal). Bennett (congrats!), Martin, and Orpik will be there for the US, and Malkin for Russia.

US Orientation Roster:

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Canadian Orientation Roster:

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Russian Orientation Roster:

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The Swedes have a pretty wicked lineup going too. (link also contains projected roster for Sweden)

There also is no question Sweden will be loaded when it arrives in Sochi. The only country that can match the depth and star power among skaters is Canada, and it doesn't have Lundqvist.

The Swedish forwards are expected to be led by new NHL teammates Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Alfredsson and longtime teammates Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. There could be an infusion of speed and youth up front with Carl Hagelin, Gabriel Landeskog and Jakob Silfverberg in contention for roster spots to go along with stalwarts Nicklas Backstrom, Loui Eriksson and Johan Franzen.


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Default Re: NHL players to take part in 2014 Olympics

Finland is looking to get another medal this year as well. I had no clue all these goalies were Finnish. With Rask and Rinne likely to be the top two goalies (I think they're the most talented out of a very talented bunch), and a solid defense, they could just be the team to keep an eye on for a possible upset or two.

Here's an interesting trivia question: Which country has collected the most medals since NHL players started participating in the Winter Olympics?
The answer will probably surprise a lot of people: Finland is the only country to medal three times in the four tournaments since the NHL started allowing players to represent their countries. Finland never has the most talented roster and never is considered a favorite, but strong goaltending and the ability to adhere to a defensive identity even with star players involved has served it well in an era of all-star teams.

Canada and Russia certainly will be the favorites, and Sweden, the United States and maybe the Czech Republic will be considered better bets than Finland to succeed in the tournament. That said, if the defense holds up, it could very well be another Olympics with Finland players on the medal stand.

The country has become known in hockey circles as a goaltending factory, and no team -- not even the United States -- can boast the same depth and talent at the position. Five goalies earned a spot on one of the three NHL.com rosters. Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask were on all three and seem likely to battle for the starting job, with Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi in the running for the third spot.

Finland's defense could look similar to its 2010 group. Four of the defensemen who were on all three NHL.com rosters -- Toni Lydman, Joni Pitkanen, Sami Salo and Kimmo Timonen -- played in the Vancouver Games. A trio of young players -- Sami Vatanen, Olli Maatta and Rasmus Ristolainen -- will try to squeeze onto the team, with veterans playing in Europe (Ossi Vaanenen) in the mix.

There might have been more dissention among Finland's forwards than at any position for any country in this NHL.com exercise. Twenty forwards were placed on at least one roster. There could be a nice mixture of essentially three generations of Finnish players -- Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, who have represented Finland for years; a group of players in their primes (Mikko Koivu, Valtteri Filppula); and a new wave of kids (Mikael Granlund, Aleksander Barkov).

Here are the projected rosters for Finland:


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