Crosby, McDavid, Pietrangelo named to Canada's 2022 men's Olympic hockey team

Canada captain Sidney Crosby smiles with his gold medal after Canada defeating Sweden during third period finals hockey action at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Sunday, February 23, 2014 (Nathan Denette/CP).

Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and Alex Pietrangelo were named to the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team on Sunday, Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong announced.

These are the first three players submitted to compete for Team Canada in the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

"Those guys are at the top of their game in the League too, and they're proven winners," Armstrong said in an interview with

Crosby will be competing in his third Olympic Games. The first two, in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, Crosby helped Team Canada win the gold medal. The 34-year-old is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins and also captained Team Canada during its victorious World Cup of Hockey in 2016.

"I've talked to Sid more than any (player) just because of my past relationship with him, and he'll be our leader," Armstrong said. "We go back to the 2010 Olympics. I wouldn't call us best friends, but I feel comfortable calling him on the phone, and he feels comfortable picking it up."

Pietrangelo will be competing in his second Olympics for Canada. The Vegas Golden Knights defenceman anchored Canada's dominant blue line during its gold medal run at the Sochi Olympics. Pietrangelo spent 12 seasons with the St. Louis Blues, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2019.

McDavid will be playing in his first Olympic Games. The Edmonton Oilers captain is a two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the NHL, all at the age of 24.

The Team Canada management group's next task is to fill out the rester of the Olympic roster. It has until Oct. 15 to submit 55 players to join Crosby, McDavid and Pietrangelo.

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