Who will challenge Canada for gold?

There are several teams picked already, here are all the Olympic rosters I could find.

From Canada

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.

Team Germany

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.

Team Kazakhastan

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…

Team USA

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.

Team Captains.

Canada: Joe Sakic

USA:

Sweden: Mats Sundin

Czech:

Finland: Saku Koivu

Germany:

Switzerland:

Latvia:

Slovakia:

Russia:

Germany:

Ukraine:

Italy:

Pull Outs:

Canada: Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux

USA:

Sweden:

Czech:

Russia: Alex Mogilny, Sergei Fedorov,

Slovakia: Zigmond Palffy

Finland:

Germany:

Ukraine:

Italy:

Kazakhastan:

Lativa:

Swittzerland:

-L


29 Responses to Who will challenge Canada for gold?

  1. zyphrit says:

    Captain for Switzerland is Mark Streit

  2. Marky2Fresh says:

    Belarus is going to pwn big time.

  3. MTLROCKS says:

    CZECHS AND RUSSIANS WILL COMPETE WELL AGAINST CANADA BUT WILL COME UP SHORT SINCE CANADA HAS TOO MUCH DEPTH ON THEIR ROSTER.

  4. wingerxxx says:

    The Czechs, Sweden and especially Russia are all going to be very dangerous. Canada is not a lock for the gold by any stretch. And you can’t count the U.S. out, even though Waddell did a terrible job selecting his team. I wouldn’t put the U.S in the same category as the other four nations though.

  5. propiro98 says:

    the finns lost Kipper so there goes a huge blow to the silver medal team from the world cup…my bet is canada sweden and russia in a dog fight but i think russia has the best chance….what a great team…..

  6. propiro98 says:

    Team Russia Is Stocked In scoring….

    Alex Kovalev, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Alexei Yashin, Victor Kozlov, Maxim Afinogenov, Alexei Zhamnov, Alexander Frolov, Evgeni Malkin, Maxim Sushinsky, Alexander Kharitonov

    the only weakness is defense and goaltending can change from ok to horrible to outstanding.

    Darius Kasparaitis, Sergei Gonchar, Alexei Zhitnik, Anton Volchenkov, Danny Markov, Fedor Tyutin et Dmitri Bykov, Andrei Markov.

    Nikolai Khabibulin, Evgeni Nabokov, Ilya Bryzgalov

  7. sketchy says:

    Russia will DOMINATE the qualifying.

    Russia will be DOMINATED in the medal round.

    Who is Russia’s toughest player, a grinder.

    It’s amazing that year after year the Russian Ice Hockey Directorate puts up a team of pure skill, with no heart. You would think that they would have learned by now that in modern Ice Hockey you need a checking line. None of that roster can check a coat, never mind Sundin or Sakic.

  8. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    Actually Malkin is very good in his own zone and in the oppositions! they will prob look at him for checking line and when you look all their players are quite big and can throw their weight around when necessary

  9. Willey101 says:

    Khabibiulin and nabakov have both puller out of this team. Bryzgalov looks to be the goalie.

  10. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    found the official roster amd they didnt pull out!

  11. Neely4Life says:

    The Czechs and Swedes obviously. I dont think Russia really has a shot. Before, they used to be about the National team, and national pride, now they are all about money, lockouts, and showing up when they want. The old guys must be disgusted with this, they need to turn that program around, maybe Bure can do it.

  12. muckies says:

    you think played for love of communism???

    I think they played hard so the NHL scouts watching would sign them to big $$$$ contracts when they could escape.

  13. wingerxxx says:

    If I was a Russian back in the “glory days” I’d have wanted to get out of dodge too! I can’t say that I blame those players one bit. Guys like Mogilny and Fedorov have done their bit for king and country. They’re going to be a scary team this year.

  14. wingerxxx says:

    Ovechkin, Malkin and Zhamnov are all competent in their own zone. As for hitting…Ovechkin plants body checks harder than most guys on the Canadian roster on a consistent basis. Fans in this area are STILL talking about the hit he laid on Suchy in the season opener in Washington. He almost killed him.

  15. Hollywood666 says:

    Russia’s been a bit of a mess for awhile, but they have the ability to win on talent alone. I still don’t think they can beat Canada though.

  16. Jrugges says:

    Sweden… dont even need to say much just look at the rosters.

  17. robinson19 says:

    Why in hell would the Kazakhs not pick Perezhogin from Montreal? Their only NHL skater is Antropov. Perezhogin is a decent quick rookie with skills. What are they thinking?

  18. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    would they even have a shot with perezhogin? NO

  19. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Although Lindros, Domi, Tucker and Belak all missed out on 2006 Mens Olympic Team, I still think they have a good shot at making Canada’s 2006 Special Olympic Team.

  20. robinson19 says:

    That’s obvious AND wasn’t my question.

  21. robinson19 says:

    Team Captain could be Avery, and Belfour could start in nets.

  22. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    yeah you asked why didnt they pick up Perezhogin answer is: Bc they have no *****ing chance any way woth or without him so they just decided not to waste his time

  23. robinson19 says:

    I don’t think so. They want to do the best they can, so they want their best guys just like everybody else. He must have become a Russian citizen and revoked his Kazakh citizenship or something like that.

  24. skatefast says:

    In addition to the usual suspects, Slovakia looks quite strong this time around too. Lots of quality NHLers on the roster. I think the Czechs have as good a chance as anyone.

  25. morrissey says:

    Perezhogin played for the Russian national team at U18 and WJC, he can’t play for KAZ anymore

  26. buster says:

    Heard a crazy rumour today!! Jordin Tootoo to Toronto for Marc Moro and 5th rd pick

  27. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    where did you hear that? in your imagination

  28. robinson19 says:

    Thanks for that… Finally someone actually engages me in a normal discussion!

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