When Team Sweden was announced, they immediately called up Henrik Zetterberg to be the captain and led the team to glory.
Zetterberg being named captain was not a huge surprise because this will be his fourth Winter Olympics and Sweden named him an associate captain for the 2010 Olymipcs in Vancouver. The captain for the Sweden in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics? Nicklas Lidstrom.
It seems that to captain team Sweden the player has to play for the NHL team with the most Swedes on it and for the foreseeable future that will be the Detroit Red Wings.
On another note, Team Russia announced their captains for the Sochi Olympics and Pavel Datsyuk was tapped to wear the “C” or “K” on his jersey.
It will be Datsyuk’s fourth Winter Olympics as well, but his first as the captain of Team Russia. This is a bit of a surprise because Pavel Datsyuk tends to shy away from being captain, but he is a great leader and at 35 it might be his last Olympic Games.
Zinetula Bilyaletdinov (Team Russia’s head coach) said, “We have a candidate for the team’s captain who was agreed upon unanimously by the coaching staff — it is Pavel Datsyuk.”
Datsyuk was chosen over Alexander Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk, who were both associate captains in 2010 and it was unanimous. While Datsyuk is getting older, he is still the best Russian playing ice hockey and the is proved by being the current holder of the Kharlamov Trophy.
I am honored to be named a captain. Our team embraces the opportunity and responsibility of representing our country on the home ice
— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) January 15, 2014