Team Canada

The roster was announced this morning, and I am very surprised but also happy with the way this team was put together.A large emphasis was placed on team speed. The roster looks like this.

FORWARDS

Dany Heatley

Joe Sakic

Steve Yzerman

Mario Lemieux

Shane Doan

Patrick Marleau

Martin St. Louis

Brad Richards

Joe Thornton

Ryan Smyth

Jarome Iginla

Kris Draper

Kirk Maltby

Simon Gagné

Brendan Morrow

Surprises: Morrow, Maltby, Marleau, Gagne

On the Outside: Kariya, Shanahan, Murray, Primeau, Bertuzzi

DEFENCE

Chris Pronger

Rob Blake

Adam Foote

Scott Niedermayer

Ed Jovanovski

Wade Redden

Robyn Regehr

Eric Brewer

Surprises: Regehr

On the Outside: McCabe, Aucoin, Souray

GOALIES

Martin Brodeur

Ed Belfour

Roberto Luongo

Surprises: None

On the Outside: Theodore

There is a roster freeze until August 21st, but between then and the 29th roster moves may be made and Gretzky has indicated that Bertuzzi would be at the top of his list if an injury were to occur. When the selections were being made, I was confused, but looking at the team now it is a very fast team that has rock solid defence, an explosive offence and three goalies who could start on any other team in the tournament. Kudos to Wayne and the management for having the guts to go against what many Canadians were predicting. This is definately a team that can win it all this year, and give or take a few guys, for years to come.

Seeing as this is actually Canada’s team (sorry Flames) lets hear some thoughts on this mornings selections

-mckintz-


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