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Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014 11:32

Canada's men's Olympic hockey team

These are the players that will head to Sochi to try and defend the gold medal earned in Vancouver in 2010.

  • Sidney Crosby is the leader of Team Canada
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    Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal in 2010, and will be counted on by Canadians for similar theatrics in Sochi. It’s also the only time everyone in the country is nice to him. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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  • Jamie Benn is having the best season of his career
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    Jamie Benn was left off the preliminary roster, but his play this season made him a prime write-in candidate. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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  • Patrice Bergeron is considered a premier defensive forward
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    Patrice Bergeron is one of the premier face-off men in the business and is a past Selke Trophy winner. The offensive players of other countries probably won’t be too thrilled to see him in red and white again. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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  • Jeff Carter will be making his Olympic debut
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    Jeff Carter will be making his 1st Olympic appearance in Sochi. (Harry How/Getty Images)

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  • Matt Duchene is the team's youngest member
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    Matt Duchene has had an excellent season with the Avalanche (humming along at a point-per-game clip) and his speed makes him a huge asset on the big international ice in Sochi. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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  • Ryan Getzlaf is no stranger to representing his country
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    Ryan Getzlaf has a famous brother who plays in the CFL… but the hockey-playing Getzlaf is pretty good, too. More-than-a point-per-game-this-season type of “good.” (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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  • Patrick Marleau's speed should be valuable on the big ice
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    Patrick Marleau will be without a pair of Sharks linemates he played with in 2010, but Canada will continue to count on him to be an offensive threat. Also, at 34, he's the oldest skater on the Canadian roster. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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  • The chemistry between Chris Kunitz and Crosby is undeniable
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    Chris Kunitz is more than Sidney Crosby’s plus-one, but his chemistry with his Penguins teammate was key to his selection for the Canadian roster in Sochi. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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  • Power forward Rick Nash has a nose for the net
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    Rick Nash’s mix of size, speed and soft hands makes him a formidable power-forward at the Canadian’s disposal in all situations. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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  • Corey Perry leads the NHL in game-winning goals
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    Corey Perry is the NHL’s Mr. Clutch this season, leading the league in game-winning goals. That could be useful in a single elimination tournament, eh? (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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  • Sniper Patrick Sharp is scoring at an all time high
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    Patrick Sharp has delivered for the Blackhawks this season, and we don’t just mean that time he dressed like a mascot to surprise a fan (just Google it). He has the most goals by a Canadian in the NHL this season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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  • Steven Stamkos hopes to be healthy for Canada's first game
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    Steven Stamkos endured a bad break earlier this season… literally. His recovery from a broken leg will be closely watched by Canadians from coast-to-coast. (Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

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  • John Tavares is peaking at the right time
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    John Tavares is among a handful of young, talented centres that also happen to be NHL 1st overall picks. His increased speed and ability to play on the wing is also an asset for a player that is averaging more than a point-per-game. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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  • Jonathan Toews led Canada in points at Vancouver 2010
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    Jonathan Toews is one of the best two-way centres in hockey, and the Selke-winning ‘Captain Serious’ will log some serious time on the penalty kill… Seriously. (Harry How/Getty Images)

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  • Jay Bouwmeester hasn't missed an NHL game since 2004
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    Jay Bouwmeester is the reigning ironman of the NHL. Durability may not be the most prized asset in a round-robin tournament, but the steady play he brings to the table is. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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  • Drew Doughty should see plenty of ice time in Sochi
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    Drew Doughty is one of the few returning defencmean from the 2010 gold-medal winning-team. What has he done since then? Not much, other than be nominated for the Norris Trophy later that year, and lift the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012. (Getty Images)

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  • Dan Hamhuis will be used in a shutdown role
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    Dan Hamhuis rebounded after a rocky start to the season, and also features a left-handed shot, something Team Canada was looking for. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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  • Duncan Keith should be valuable both defensively and offensively
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    Duncan Keith is a great defender, but is also more than capable with the puck on his stick, as he's among the league leaders in assists this season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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  • Young Alex Pietrangelo plays big minutes in the NHL
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    Alex Pietrangelo may be young (23) but he’s still a veteran of sorts, wearing Team Canada’s colours in both world juniors as well as the world championship teams. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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  • PK Subban is the reigning Norris Trophy winner
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    P.K. Subban’s explosive skating and offensive upside will make him a formidable power play specialist. Maybe he and Price could break out their post-win celebration since it’s barred in Montreal. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

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  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic is another shutdown defenceman
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    Marc-Edouard Vlasic's left-handed shot helped him make the squad for Sochi, as the dependable defenceman's handed-ness factored into a group of d-man that shoot on the right side. (Getty Images)

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  • Shea Weber is physical and has a big shot
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    Shea Weber is a hulking presence on the Canadian blue line and has a booming shot to match. But remember, Olympic officials frown upon turnbuckling opponents like Weber did to Henrik Zetterberg in the 2012 playoffs. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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  • Roberto Luongo backstopped Canada to gold in 2010
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    Roberto Luongo backstopped the 2010 edition of this team to gold in Vancouver. Will he get the starting job in Sochi? We should probably ask @strombone1. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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  • Carey Price will vie for the role of starting goaltender
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    Carey Price has put together a great season for the oft-offensively challenged Canadiens, and has represented Canada in international play before, scoring junior gold in 2007. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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  • Mike Smith played for Canada at the 2013 World Championships
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    Mike Smith was due for a bit of good news after that unfortunate bounce against the Sabres (might want to Google that, too). He’s also thrives in high-pressure games, posting a .944 save percentage in the Coyotes 2012 playoff run. (Getty Images)

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  • Sidney Crosby is the leader of Team Canada
  • Jamie Benn is having the best season of his career
  • Patrice Bergeron is considered a premier defensive forward
  • Jeff Carter will be making his Olympic debut
  • Matt Duchene is the team's youngest member
  • Ryan Getzlaf is no stranger to representing his country
  • Patrick Marleau's speed should be valuable on the big ice
  • The chemistry between Chris Kunitz and Crosby is undeniable
  • Power forward Rick Nash has a nose for the net
  • Corey Perry leads the NHL in game-winning goals
  • Sniper Patrick Sharp is scoring at an all time high
  • Steven Stamkos hopes to be healthy for Canada's first game
  • John Tavares is peaking at the right time
  • Jonathan Toews led Canada in points at Vancouver 2010
  • Jay Bouwmeester hasn't missed an NHL game since 2004
  • Drew Doughty should see plenty of ice time in Sochi
  • Dan Hamhuis will be used in a shutdown role
  • Duncan Keith should be valuable both defensively and offensively
  • Young Alex Pietrangelo plays big minutes in the NHL
  • PK Subban is the reigning Norris Trophy winner
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic is another shutdown defenceman
  • Shea Weber is physical and has a big shot
  • Roberto Luongo backstopped Canada to gold in 2010
  • Carey Price will vie for the role of starting goaltender
  • Mike Smith played for Canada at the 2013 World Championships

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