Breaking Down Which Toronto Maple Leafs Could Compete in 2014 Sochi Olympics‏

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Breaking Down Which Toronto Maple Leafs Could Compete in 2014 Sochi Olympics‏
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Phil Kessel will very likely be representing the USA in the Olympics again in 2014.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were underrepresented at the 2010 Winter Olympics, as the team sent only three players to Vancouver to play for their respective countries. Representation may not be a whole lot better in 2014 in Sochi.

Only five Toronto Maple Leafs—Jake Gardiner, Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin, Dion Phaneuf and James van Riemsdyk—have been invited to their respective countries' Olympic orientation camps, and the team's lack of diversity could further hinder representation at the 2014 Games.

The Leafs currently employ an inordinate number of Canadians (16) to go along with five Americans, a Swede, a Russian and a German. With Germany not qualifying for the Olympics, and the strength of the other four nations, it's unlikely the Leafs will have more than a handful of players selected to play for their national squads.

With the men's ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi set to begin in just under six months, let's examine which Maple Leafs have a shot at representing their country at those Games.

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