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Zdeno Chara, D, Slovakia
The popular Boston Bruins player received the honor of carrying the flag for his homeland in the opening ceremony, and to do so, Chara had to miss several regular-season games for his NHL team. That was a respectable sacrifice from him and his organization, one that he'll be playing to make worthwhile.
In the Boston Globe, general manager Peter Chiarelli voiced his support.
“What he said was, ‘I know missing games is a significant thing for the Boston Bruins, and I’ll understand if I can’t go,’ ’’ said Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins’ general manager. “But it’s such a big honor. It’s really a no-brainer. If it’s important to ‘Z,’ it’s important to us. Mr. Jacobs felt strongly that he should go.’’
Phil Kessel, RW, United States
Kessel will be playing against his former teammate Chara, and the 26-year-old Wisconsin native is talented and sharp when he is on his game. After an unsuccessful stint with the Bruins, he has hit his stride with the Toronto Maple Leafs and his speed should work to his advantage.
Cam Fowler, D, United States
Fowler comes from the Anaheim Ducks and will be making his Olympic debut at age 22. Though he lacks experience, he was part of the United States team that won a World Junior Championship in 2010 and is no stranger to international play.