Team Canada 2010: Pre Olympic Roster

Joseph CosentinoCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2009

It is exactly one year until Team Canada begins playing their first game in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Tournament. While it's still 365 days away, it's not too early to begin predicting who will grace the Team Canada jersey and make the roster.

Goaltenders: This was an easy selection. It's hard to say that Luongo will not be named the starting goaltender for Team Canada come November/December 2009, but he will be there in front of his home fans and Vancouver faithful.

1. Roberto Luongo

2. Martin Brodeur

3. Marty Turco

Defensemen: The old guard of Scott Niedermeyer and Chris Pronger must make way for the up and coming elite such as Dion Phaneuf, Dan Boyle, and Jay Boumeester. Younger and faster skilled defensemen are required for a short Olympic tournament where the tempo and intensity is far greater than any NHL game I have witnessed.

1 Dion Phaneuf

2. Jay Boumeester

3. Dan Boyle

4. Brian Campbell

5. Shea Weber

6. Mike Green

7. Chris Pronger

8. Scott Niedermeyer

Forwards: Vincent Lecavalier, Jerome Iginla, Joe Thornton, and Shane Doan all provide veteran leadership and have been involved in Team Canada Olympic teams in the past.  They will need to share this experience with newcomers Sydney Crosby, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Jonathan Toews. Not to mention, those four veterans are having excellent seasons with their respective teams.  Eric Staal and Jason Spezza were left off the 2006 Olympic team, but if they start off the 2009-2010 season on a hot streak they should be included on this roster.

1. Vincent Lecavalier

2. Jerome Iginla

3. Sydney Crosby

4. Eric Staal

5. Joe Thornton

6. Jonathan Toews

7. Shane Doan

8. Rick Nash

9. Dany Heatley

10. Jeff Carter

11. Mike Richards

12. Ryan Getzlaf

Alternates: Corey Perry, Jason Spezza

Coach: Mike Babcock

It's still a year away, but the pressure is on. From the selection process until the time they hit the ice on Feb 16th 2010 versus Switzerland. The lucky players that get chosen to represent their country will feel the pressure, but the glory of winning the Gold medal on their home ice will certainly be worth it.


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