Steve Yzerman has some tough choices ahead of him.
Selecting Canada’s Olympic hockey team is never an easy task considering the amount of high end talent in this country and the limited spaces available. Not to mention the pressure this team will face to repeat as Olympic gold medalists in a country where hockey trumps all else.
But, Yzerman’s problem is a good one. As Canada’s GM in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver he made all the right moves.
Canada will once again have the best coach in the world behind their bench as they have announced that Detroit’s Mike Babcock will return as bench boss.
Babcock and Yzerman agree that to make Team Canada all players will have at least one thing in common…Yzerman told the Canadian Press the emphasis for this team will be all about speed:
“Ultimately, we’ll pick the best players available to us, but playing on a bigger ice surface, I believe there is a priority on being able to skate,” Yzerman said on a conference call. “That will weigh into our final decisions on putting this team together.”
The group I’ve assembled has plenty of size, speed, and finish. However, if there is one serious question mark that surrounds Team Canada, it’s in the goaltending department.
Canada’s final roster will be made up of 25 players (14 forwards, 8 defense, 3 goalies).
Jordan Hoy’s 2014 Team Canada Roster
At the risk of alienating my American friends…