Team Canada’s Olympic camp roster introduced discussions about the probability and expectations of goalies that would make the cut. Some nominees had a spot on the world stage almost guaranteed, while others would have to train hard and work towards making the cut.
The long anticipated roster for Canada’s Men’s Ice Hockey team at the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver was announced Dec. 30 at noon EST.
Chris Pronger (A)
Scott Niedermayer (C)
Sydney Crosby (A)
Jerome Iginla (A)
Team Canada has been predicted to win gold by many Canadian hockey fans even before the roster was announced, and this roster does not disappoint that hope. There are a few surprises and a few disappointments, but there aren’t many surprises in net.
Goaltending is key to winning, and Steve Yzerman understood that when choosing his goalies.
Despite having a slow start to the season, it’s no surprise Mr. Perfect made the Olympic team. The four time Vezina trophy and William M. Jennings Trophy winner just recently broke Terry Sawchuk’s record for most regular-season shutouts and has managed to hold up a 2.15 GAA.
Brodeur has a steady glove hand, plays it simple, and can play the puck without problem. Martin Brodeur is without doubt goaltender in the NHL and asset to Team Canada.
Roberto Luongo, Captain of the Vancouver Canucks, had a weak start to the season similar to Brodeur’s, but managed to fight back and now holds at 2.57 GAA. Although we’ve seen better from Luongo, he’s still one of the NHL’s best goalies and it’s hard to even predict what he’s going to be able to achieve in the future.
Luongo has experience at an international level and has nothing to prove to fans, he can stop pucks at crucial times in the game, and has the fastest glove hand in the NHL. Playing behind some of the best defensemen in the world, it’s going to be interesting to see what Roberto Luongo can achieve.
Marc-Andre Fleury might be relatively new to the NHL compared to Brodeur and Luongo, but he’s been on fire ever since he’s started playing and has not cooled down. The Quebec native is currently tied for second in the NHL for wins and is only two wins behind league leader Martin Brodeur.
Even though he has an elite team in front of him, he keeps it simple and does the saves. His 2.49 GAA. are impressive, and he’s an elite goaltender, but he probably won’t get much playing time behind Brodeur and Luongo. If he does get to play, don’t expect to be disappointed, expect to be surprised.