Team Canada Hockey: Position-by-Position Breakdown of Preliminary Roster

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Team Canada Hockey: Position-by-Position Breakdown of Preliminary Roster
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Canada has not won an ice hockey gold medal at the Winter Olympics outside of North America since 1952.

This is the challenge that Hockey Canada has prepared for since its gold-medal triumph at the Vancouver games in 2010. On Monday, it released the roster for next month's Olympic camp.

As with every camp roster, there are several omissions that will have fans scratching their heads.

While it's possible for players not on the camp roster to make the final team, it's an unlikely outcome. The only player to make the 2010 squad after not getting an invite to the 2009 camp was Patrice Bergeron.

It should also be noted that the 2014 Sochi Games will be played on an Olympic-sized ice surface, which is larger than the NHL-sized rink Vancouver used in 2010. Players whose skill set fit this size of ice will have an advantage when it comes time to determine the final roster.

Let's take a position-by-position look at Canada's Olympic camp roster and make predictions on which players will travel to Sochi in seven months.

For the full roster, visit HockeyCanada.ca

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