Complete guide to Olympic hockey rosters

January 7, 2014, 6:38 PM

Overloaded with Olympic hockey stories? Don’t worry, we got you covered.

On one of the busiest days of the hockey calendar, several Olympic rosters were revealed on Tuesday including those of Canada, Sweden, and Russia.

While many spent the day analyzing and debating the picks, Sportsnet provided a ton of analysis and videos that you won’t want to miss.

Below you’ll find a complete guide to all of the Olympic hockey rosters for Sochi, analysis from our top columnists on Team Canada and reaction from several players who made or missed out on their respective Olympic teams.

THE ROSTERS

Canada: Crosby, Subban headline roster

United States: Ryan, Yandle left off U.S. squad

Russia: Ovechkin, Malkin to lead Russia in Sochi

Sweden: Lundqvist, Sedin brothers back on Sweden roster

Finland: Selanne joins sixth Olympic roster

Czech Republic: Jagr, Nedved on Czech squad

Slovenia: Kopitar headlines Slovenia roster

Slovakia: Chara named captain for Slovakia

For the full rosters of Austria, Latvia, Norway & Switzerland click here.

THE ANALYSIS

Gold or Bust for Canada (Michael Grange): As Canada’s standing as the world’s pre-eminent hockey nation continues to slide, win or lose at the Olympics it could be the start of something big for hockey in Canada.

Canada goes young on the blueline (Mark Spector): Alex Pietrangelo is the youngest member of a baby-faced blueline. Dan Hamhuis of the Canucks was the biggest surprise, and also the greybeard of the defence corps.

Yzerman shows tough side (Chris Johnston): St. Louis is the top-scoring NHLer over the last four seasons, but isn’t going to Sochi. Here’s why.

Canada plays it safe in net (Ryan Dixon): With Carey Price, Roberto Luongo ,and Mike Smith, Canada opted for the reliable options between the pipes.

Sportsnet’s Olympic Snub Squad (Mike Johnston): Martin St. Louis, Bobby Ryan were two of the biggest omissions from their respective countries. Here is our team of the biggest Sochi snubs.

What we learned from Canada’s Olympic announcement (Luke Fox): Here are 25 things we learned from our nation hockey brain trust, one for every player selected to Team Canada’s men’s Olympic roster.

THE NEWS/VIDEO

Gretzky: This team rivals ’87 dream team: Wayne Gretzky discusses the pressure of naming a Canadian Olympic team, having found success and failure in his time as Olympic GM. He also likens the skill of this team to the 1987 Canada Cup team he was such a big part of.

Couture will undergo surgery for injury: The San Jose Sharks forward is expected to miss up to three weeks with a hand injury.

Price: Was anxious for Team Canada call Carey Price tells HOCKEY CENTRAL how he kept his phone close at hand, anxious to hear if he will become an Olympian for the first time.

Chiarelli: Tough calling Canada cuts Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli spoke to HOCKEY CENTRAL to discuss the tough side of calling players that missed the Team Canada cut, including his own Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.

Bergeron: Always doubt making Team Canada Team Canada forward Patrice Bergeron joined HOCKEY CENTRAL to discuss his selection to Team Canada and how even he doubted his chances to make the team.


Getzlaf: Motivated to be on Team Canada
Team Canada forward Ryan Getzlaf joined HOCKEY CENTRAL to discuss how important it was to have a good start with the Ducks and how Team Canada was a motivator.

Babcock: Dream come true to be Olympian Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock joined HOCKEY CENTRAL to discuss the joys of representing Canada at the Olympics.

Armstrong: Youth deserving of selection St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong joined HOCKEY CENTRAL to discuss the youth movement on Team Canada for Sochi 2014.


Hamhuis: Glad to put on Canada’s jersey
Dan Hamhuis speaks about how pulling on the Team Canada jersey will never grow old.

Subban: Will do what’s best for Canada Subban joined Tim & Sid to discuss his excitement at representing his country at the Olympics.

Eakins feels for Hall: Dallas Eakins feels for Oilers forward Taylor Hall, who failed to make Team Canada’s Olympic squad.

Smith: Team Canada call emotional
Mike Smith reveals the call that confirmed him as a member of Team Canada was an emotional one that he was able to share with his wife and mother-in-law, both former Olympians.

Couture: Not easy being cut from Canada Logan Couture was subdued at the news that he failed the make the Team Canada cut.

Thornton: Canada a hard team to make Joe Thornton failed to make the cut to Canada’s Olympic team, but was excited for teammates Marleau and Vlasic who did make it.

Nash: Means a lot to go to Russia Rick Nash has had a tough season to date due to injury, but that didn’t keep the veteran off Team Canada.

Power play, goaltending questions for Canada Offensive firepower is no issue for Team Canada, so the Hockey Central panel breaks down the potential weaknesses: chemistry, the power play and goaltending.

Russia will give Canada a run for its money Led by Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk, the home team in Sochi will be the biggest challenge Canada faces as they try to defend gold.

Left-handed defence a premium for Canada With a strong right-handed contingent on the blueline for Canada, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Dan Hamhuis benefited by being left-handed shots. Their inclusion on the Olympic team means defending gold-medal winners Dan Boyle and Brent Seabrook were left off.

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