Olympic Hockey 2014: Strengths and Weaknesses of Every Team

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Olympic Hockey 2014: Strengths and Weaknesses of Every Team
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The 2014 Winter Olympics men's hockey tournament begins February 12th in Sochi, Russia.

The stage is set for the men's hockey tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and who will skate away with the gold medal is anyone’s guess.

On the biggest stage the world could offer, representatives of 12 nations will be competing for honor, national pride and four years of glory, as the competition runs from Feb. 12–23. With rosters featuring players ranging from national development program teams to those that face off in the National Hockey League on a nightly basis, the level of competition will certainly be comprised of the best of the best.

Powerhouses and underdogs will collide, utilizing fortitude to win while also exploiting flaws in opponents to seek a competitive edge.

Who will be the strongest? Who will be the weakest? Who will medal? Who will bow out?

Here’s a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each team set to compete for gold.

 

Ryan Boulding is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations in this article were obtained via interview.

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