The roster for Team Canada in Sochi was announced on January 7th, and it’s inclusion or lack thereof of certain players has been picked apart by hockey connoisseurs for weeks now. Hockey Canada announced today the players that would be hopefully leading their team to a medal placement during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
In the men’s corner, Pittsburgh Penguin and Cole Harbour, N.S. native Sidney Crosby will wear the “C” for Canada while Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Predators Shea Weber will be alternates.
“Sidney, Jonathan and Shea have been leaders on the international stage in the past, as well as with their NHL teams,” said Mike Babcock, head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team. “These three players will be at the forefront of our efforts in Sochi, but we are confident we have 25 players on our roster that will lead in their own way and allow our team to be successful.”
In the women’s corner, three-time Olympic gold medalist Caroline Ouellette will serve as captain. While Hayley Wickenheiser will serve as permanent assistant captain. Jayna Hefford and Catherine Ward will wear the “A” on an alternating basis throughout the games.
“There is a tremendous amount of experience in our dressing room, and there is no shortage of qualified candidates to wear a letter,” said Kevin Dineen, head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team. “The players we have selected as captain and alternates in Sochi have shown their dedication and commitment to the team and its end goal throughout a long season, and we feel they are the ideal choices to lead our team through the Olympic experience.”
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games run from Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia, with the women’s tournament running from Feb. 8-20, and the men’s event from Feb. 12-23.