Team Canada has just released the 25-man squad for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
11 players are returning from the squad that won gold against the United States in Vancouver in 2010.
They include: goalie Roberto Luongo, defenseman Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and Duncan Keith along with forwards; Sidney Crosby, Rick Nash, Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Marleu and Corey Perry.
Making their first Olympics are: goalies Carey Price and Mike Smith; defenseman Dan Hamhuis, P.K. Subban, Alex Pietrangelo and Marc Edouard-Vlasic with the forwards being: Steven Stamkos, Patrick Sharp, Jamie Benn, Chris Kunitz, John Tavares, Jeff Carter and Matt Duchene.
Duchene tweeted his pleasure at being named on the squad saying: “So honoured to have the chance to represent Canada, @HockeyCanada and my hometown of Haliburton in the 2014 Sochi Olympics."
Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester completes the 25. The St. Louis Blue played in 2006 but had been omitted from the 2010 side.
Canada possesses an incredible amount of talent and as such there has been some rather high profile names left out of the side. NHL assist leader Joe Thornton won’t be on the plane and neither will Martin St. Louis, Claude Giroux, James Neal and Logan Couture who will have surgery tomorrow.
The team’s first game is against Norway on February 13. They then go on to play Austria and Finland in Group B on the 14th and 16th.