Who will challenge Canada for gold?
There are several teams picked already, here are all the Olympic rosters I could find.
Forwards: Sakic, Nash, Iginla, Gagne, St Louis, Lecavalier, Richards, Draper, Doan, Bertuzzi, Heatley, Thornton, Smyth.
Defense: Pronger, Blake, Foote, Niedermayer, Jovanovski, Redden, Regehr.
Goaltenders: Brodeur, Turco, Luongo
Notes on the team: I’m not as mad as I was before at this team, I guess I’m forgetting, Shanahan, Kariya, and CuJo all got a chance before, and Spezza, Staal, and Phaneuf will all get many more chances, this is the last chance for a few of these guys, including Draper, Doan, and possibley St Louis.
Forwards: Barta, Benda, Fical, Goc, Hackert, Hecth, Kathan, Kreutzer, Lewandowski, Martinec, Sturm, Ustorf.
Defense: Ehrhoff, Goc, Kopitz, Renz, Schauer, Schubert, Seidenberg, Sulzer.
Goaltenders: Kolzig, Greiss, Muller.
Notes on team: If this team wants to win a single game, they better hope Olaf Kolzig plays very well. There really isn’t much to this team because there aren’t many NHL players.
Forwards: Antropov, Alexandrov, Dudarev, Alexander Koreshkov, Evgeni Koreshkov, Ogorodnikov, Pchelyakov, Polishchuck, Samakhalov, Shafronov, Andrey Troschinskiy, Upper.
Defense: Argokov, Koledayav, Kovalenko, Pupkov, Shemelin, Tregubov, Alexei Troshinskiy, Vassilchenko.
Goalie: Kolesnik, Ogureshnikov, Yeremeyev.
Notes on team: It’s a truly sad day when your countries best hockey player is Nik Antropov….that really is all I can say…
Forwards: Blake, Conroy, Cole, Drury, Gionta, Gomez, Guerin, Knuble, Modano, Parrish, Rolston, Tkachuck, Weight.
Defense: Liles, Schneider, Chelios, Leopold, Miller, Rafalski, Hatcher
Goaltenders: Dipietro, Esche, Grahame
Notes on team: This team could compete in 2010, but it won’t comete this year, with absent veterans such as Leetch, Roenick, Amonte, Leclair, and Halpern. Also young Devils defenseman Paul Martin, and Sabres forward Tim Connolly are missing.
Right now, the websites I’ve found only release pieces of the Swedish, Finnish, Czech, Slovakian, Swiss, Ukranian, Italian, and Latvian teams. The main core is out there, I’ll submit the full rosters as they become available.
Canada: Joe Sakic
Sweden: Mats Sundin
Finland: Saku Koivu
Canada: Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux
Russia: Alex Mogilny, Sergei Fedorov,
Slovakia: Zigmond Palffy