The Hockey News' (Accidental) 2010 Team Canada...

Mike CranwellCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2009

CALGARY, AB - AUGUST 24: Linemates (from left) Sidney Crosby, Rick Nash and Jarome Iginla during the second practice of the Team Canada Olympic Orientation Camp on August 24, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

Every year, I devour THN's Yearbook. Great human interest pieces (some actually go far deeper than hockey, like the one a few years back talking about Andrew Ference & Steve Montador going to Africa to help villagers, play some soccer, and generally be awesome dudes). I always read those first, and then hit the team reports after. Invariably, this always means I'm not done those until October, and makes me late for writing a Year in Preview deal. Not this year folks.

So last night, while reading THN's annual Top 50 Players piece, it dawned on me: I wonder if there are enough Canadians in here to field a hockey team...say, in Vancouver, in 2010, in case something big happens to be going on around then.

Low & behold, THN named 15 forwards (I’ll show the top 13), seven defensemen, and four goalies (I’ll show the top three & give the fourth honourable mention) of Canadian descent. For the record, I'll be doing one of these in November, but for now, here's THN's Accidental Team Canada (lines are done based on the order they’re on the list, with positional preference going to the highest-rated player at that position on the line).

Line 1

LW – Ryan Getzlaf      C – Sidney Crosby      RW – Eric Staal

                                            LD – Chris Pronger     RD – Mike Green


Line 2

LW – Jeff Carter         C – Vincent Lecavalier           RW – Jarome Iginla

LD – Jay Bouwmeester           RD – Scott Neidermayer


Line 3

LW – Marc Savard      C – Joe Thornton         RW – Mike Richards

LD – Duncan Keith      RD – Shea Weber


Line 4

LW – Martin St. Louis      C – Rick Nash             RW – Corey Perry


Extra Forward – Dany Heatley

Extra D – Dion Phaneuf


Starting Goalie – Roberto Luongo

Backup Goalie – Martin Brodeur

3rd Goalie – Marc-Andre Fleury


Honourable mention goes out to Cam Ward, Jason Spezza, & Simon Gagne.

Obviously those wouldn’t be the lines that I’d actually put together. It’s simply done like that for list continuity.  While it may or may not be the roster I’d choose, I certainly can’t say that I’d have a problem taking that team to Vancouver.