Canada's Hockey Olympians: With 364 Days Left, Is it Too Early to Choose Them?

Steve WelliverContributor IFebruary 13, 2009

With the Vancouver/Whistler Olympics set to start in less than a year, who should Canada take for the run for gold? And don't think the U.S. team has forgotten how Canada robbed them in 2002 on their own soil. Don't you think the Americans would love to return that favour in 2010?

I think the team will be remarkably different from the team in 2006. Without further ado, here are my choices for 2010 Canadian Men's Olympic Hockey team:

Goalies

  1. Martin Brodeur
  2. Roberto Luongo
  3. Carey Price

Defensive pairings

Dan Boyle/Jay Bouwmeester

Shea Weber/Dion Phaneuf

Chris Pronger/Robyn Regehr

Mike Green

Forward Lines

Rick Nash/Sidney Crosby/Dany Heatley

Jeff Carter/Joe Thornton/Jarome Iginla

Ryan Getzlaf/Vincent Lecavalier/Corey Perry

Shane Doan/Mike Richards/Patrick Marleau

Marc Savard

The aforementioned team has a good mix of youth, experience, toughness, size, speed, and skill. My choice for captain would be Shane Doan, with alternates going to Iginla and Pronger. 

Please send me your thoughts if you agree, disagree, or what ever the case may be. I know currently some of these players are not playing (or not playing well in the case of Carey Price), but they will be. There is no reason to think a return to form won't happen.

Coming soon: the rest of the elite six (USA, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, and Russia).

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