Canada Olympic Hockey Team 2014: Projecting 25-Man Roster for Sochi Games

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Canada Olympic Hockey Team 2014: Projecting 25-Man Roster for Sochi Games
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Canada's quest for back-to-back gold medals presents a new challenge for hockey's premier nation.

The most recent gold medal defense for Team Canada ended in disappointment, when it failed to medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. But Canada's hopes for a second consecutive gold medal are a bit better than they were seven years ago because the team is younger, faster and better coached.

The Canadians also won't have to deal with the burden of winning the gold on home soil amid the immense pressure from fans and media. Unlike in Vancouver, Canada does not have a difficult group in Sochi and was fortunate enough to avoid Sweden, the United States and Russia to start the tournament.

Let's take a look at how Canada should construct its roster for the best chance at a successful Olympic campaign in Sochi.

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