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Crosby Leads Canada's Olympic Hockey Team

DETROIT - JUNE 12:  Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins holds the Stanley Cup following the Penguins victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Martin AverySenior Writer INovember 6, 2016

Sidney Crosby, one of the best hockey players in history, will lead Canada's Olympic hockey team this year. He led the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup last season in the NHL. His teammate, Marc Andre-Fleury, will share goal with two other greats: Martin Brodeur and Robert Luongo.

Crosby will be joined up front by NHL stars Rick Nash, Rick Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Jarome Iginla, Dany Heatley, Mike Richards, Eric Staal, and Jonathon Toews.

On defence, Canada will have Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, but not Mike Green.

In case you're a Toronto Maple Leafs or Montreal Canadiens fan, and none of your favourite team's players made Canada's Olympic hockey team, here's the "who's who" of the group of guys that will be the home team for the 2010 Olympics.

 

Fowards:

 

Getzlaf, of the Anaheim Ducks, is a six-foot-four centre and goal-scorer who works particularly well with Perry.

 

Heatley, of the San Jose Sharks, is also a top goal-scorer.

 

Iginla, of the Calgary Flames, is tough and can score.

 

Marleau is part of the San Jose Sharks top line.

 

Morrow, of the Dallas Stars, is another strong winger who can score.

 

Nash, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, is one of hockey's best goal-scorers.

 

Perry plays with Getzlaf in Anaheim. They are both strong and score a lot of goals.

 

Richards, of the Philadelphia Flyers, is tough and can score goals.

 

Staal, of the Carolina Hurricanes, is hard to beat.

 

Thornton, of the San Jose Sharks, is a dominating centre in the NHL playoff and excels in international hockey.

 

Toews is the young star of the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

Goaltenders :

 

Brodeur, of the New Jersey Devils, is the veteran who backstopped Canada to gold in 2002 and the NHL's all-time leader in wins and shutouts.

 

Luongo, of the Vancouver Canucks, is one of the world's best.

 

Fleury, of the Pittsburgh Penguins starred in the Penguins' Stanley Cup run last year.

 

Defencemen:

 

Boyle, of the San Jose Sharks, won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with Tampa Bay.

 

Doughty, of the Los Angeles Kings, just turned 20.

 

Keith, of the Chicago Blackhawks, is ready and steady.

 

Niedermayer, of the Anaheim Ducks, already has Olympic gold and four Stanley Cups.

 

Pronger, of the Philadelphia Flyers, is six-foot-six and mean.

 

Seabrook, of the Chicago Blackhawks,plays well with Keith.

 

Weber, of the Nashville Predators, is also big, skilled, tough, and one of the NHL's best all-around blue-liners.

 

Canada has so much hockey talent that a second Canadian team, made up of NHLers, would be good competition for this Team Canada as well as the other top-ranked teams, Russia and Sweden.

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