My Team Canada picks

- January 4th, 2014

The day is nearly here and for some Canadians, it’s going to feel a bit like Christmas as the roster for the men’s Olympic team is unveiled on Tuesday.

There will be INTENSE and somewhat heated debate over who makes it and who doesn’t.

Lists can be found everywhere but for what it’s worth, here’s mine:

Goalies: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Jonathan Bernier

Defence: Duncan Keith, Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edourd Vlasic, Dan Hamhuis.

Forwards: Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Corey Perry, Matt Duchene, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Getzlaf, Rick Nash, Tyler Seguin, Mike Richards.

I think that Tyler Seguin deserves to be on the team and while it’s possible that Taylor Hall or Logan Couture is chosen ahead of him, we’ll see Tuesday what Steve Yzerman and company think. Rick Nash isn’t having a great year but his body of work on the international stage is pretty good, that’s why I’m going with him. And because Mike Richards is versatile and is a winner, Mike Babcock will want to have him around.

Let the debate begin. And for your reading pleasure, here’s a piece I did on Duchene when I was in Colorado last week but didn’t make it’s way into the paper.

By the way, I’m off to Mexico and off the grid for the next week.

We’ll pick up the debate when I resume.

Be sure to follow colleagues Paul Friesen and Kirk Penton (remember him?) for Jets updates.

Cheers

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Ken Wiebe
Winnipeg Sun
DENVER — The wait is nearly over for Matt Duchene.
In less than two weeks time, the Colorado Avalanche forward will find out if he’s going to Sochi as part of Team Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team.
Duchene is having an outstanding season, averaging a point per game and his explosive skating ability makes him a strong candidate to be wearing the Maple Leaf.
“As it’s getting closer, it’s exciting,” said Duchene. “Whether I make it or not, I’m pleased with my body of work this year. I’m not going to have any regrets.
“I didn’t put a lot of pressure on myself to make it or not make it, I knew that if I put the work in during the summer and played the way I can, I was going to be in the conversation.”
Never mind being in the conversation, Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy believes Duchene has done enough to make the grade.
“He has opened everybody’s eyes, he has a good chance to make Team Canada and I’d be surprised if he does not,” said Roy. “And he will play a good role on that team. Especially during the last month, he’s been working hard on both sides of the ice.
“He’s bringing his game to another level. Matt is a guy that loves to work hard and he loves to learn.”

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca
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