Martin Brodeur believes Roberto Luongo should be the goaltender to lead Team Canada at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
The four-time Olympian, and two-time gold medallist told New Jersey Devils beat writer Tom Gulitti that in addition to Luongo’s solid play, the Vancouver Canucks goalie’s relationship with the Canadian coaching staff and international experience is a factor.
Luongo replaced Brodeur during the Vancouver 2010 Games and was the starter when Canada defeated the United States in overtime to win gold.
“I think when you win the gold medal you deserve the chance to defend it until someone takes you down,” Brodeur said.
Brodeur, who has been a lock to make Team Canada in the past, is not expected to be named to the roster this time around. In 23 appearances with the Devils this season, the 41-year-old is 12-8-3 with a .907 save percentage and 2.25 goals-against average.
Although Luongo is expected to make the team, Canada’s goalie situation has been up in the air with the likes of Carey Price, Mike Smith, Corey Crawford, Josh Harding and Marc-Andre Fleury all in the mix.
Brodeur added that if it were up to him Canada’s three goalies would be Luongo, Price and Fleury.