Canada Olympic Hockey Team 2014 Roster: Ranking the Biggest Snubs and Surprises

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Canada Olympic Hockey Team 2014 Roster: Ranking the Biggest Snubs and Surprises
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Hockey Canada released its men's hockey roster for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, and it's loaded with the game's brightest stars. Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber are among the players who will represent their country for a second straight Olympics, and it's no surprise they were selected.

But when it comes to Team Canada, it's always the snubs that lead to the most heated debates. Four years ago, two of the bigger names to be left home from the 2010 Olympics were Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.

This year, the names are just as big, but the list of snubs is even longer and more surprising.

Team Canada is leaving home the NHL's leader in assists, a two-time Stanley Cup winner on defense and a goaltender who may be the front-runner for the Vezina at the halfway point of the season.

It's a nice problem to have for Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman, who has to make some of the toughest choices of anyone assembling an Olympic roster.

The following is a list of the biggest snubs on the 2014 team, from least surprising to most surprising. As is the case with any list of snubs, there may be snubs of the snubs. So, if you feel a player was snubbed from this list, feel free to leave your biggest snub in the comments.

That's a lot of snubs in one paragraph. Enjoy the slideshow.

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