CBC Sports - Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013 09:46 ET

Team Canada Olympic men's hockey to be revealed Jan. 7

Hockey Canada taking advantage of IIHF deadline change

Delaying the team announcement to Jan. 7 gives Canada's hockey management team more time to evaluate the status of injured forward Steven Stamkos. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty)

Hockey fans should circle Jan. 7 on their calendars. That will be the date for the official announcement of Canada's men's hockey team for the Sochi Olympics. 

Hockey Canada confirmed the date after reports surfaced on Tuesday. But they haven't released any other details about the announcement.

It was originally thought that the team of NHL superstars would be named at the end of December, but the IIHF pushed back its deadline to Jan. 7. 

The extra time gives team management a chance to better evaluate the status of injured players such as Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos, who is recovering from a broken leg.

There is still an injury replacement clause that allows teams to replace injured players a day before the Olympic tournament opens on Feb. 12. 

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