Being snubbed by your country for Olympic camp is an awful feeling for top-level NHL players.
But for the stars that use this disappointment as motivation, there is an opportunity to impress the coaching staff and fulfill a dream of competing at the Winter Olympics.
Head coach Mike Babcock has a message for these players, per the CBC:
There's lots of players who aren't here that probably might end up with an opportunity. Play good. I read or hear, 'Oh this guy feels snubbed.' So what? Do something about it. The great thing about life is you get to control what happens to you the majority of the time. Do something about it if you're not here.
Let's take a look at five players who have the best chance to earn a spot on the final roster for the Sochi Olympics.