Now that Countries have released camp rosters for the Olympics in Sochi, Below are preliminary Sochi 2014 camp rosters. We will continue to provide Sochi updates as rosters and news develops.
After the National Hockey League officially announced on Friday their players would be participating in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, USA Hockey unveiled on Monday the 48 players that will take part in the U.S. Men's National Team Orientation Camp.
The camp will be held Aug. 26-27 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex, in Arlington, Va., and it will serve as the first step in picking the team that will represent the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Here is the list of players invited to the orientation camp from USA Hockey:
Defensemen (18): Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, John Carlson, Dan DeKeyser, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Jake Gardiner, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Seth Jones, Nick Leddy, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Suter, Jacob Trouba, Keith Yandle.
Forwards (24): Justin Abdelkader, David Backes, Beau Bennett, Nick Bjugstad, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Alex Galchenyuk, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Trevor Lewis, Kyle Okposo, TJ Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Kyle Palmieri, Zack Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Brandon Saad, Craig Smith, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Wheeler.
Sixteen of the 48 players that will attend camp were part of the United States team that won the silver medal in 2010 in Vancouver. Also, nine of the players on the orientation camp roster played for the bronze-medal winning U.S. Men's National Team at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland. In addition, USA Hockey invited four players from their gold medal winning World Junior team from Ufa, Russia.
Goaltending is expected to be a major strength of the Americans, who fell in overtime to Canada in the gold medal game in 2010. The U.S. also boasts tremendous speed, particularly on offense as the ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi games will be played on larger international ice.
With the recent results at the IIHF World Junior Championships and IIHF World Championships, the United States Men’s Ice Hockey Team has proven they can win on the larger international ice.
However, ever since the NHL has been sending its players to the Olympics, the United States has not been able to medal outside of North America. This could be the year they could finally do that.
While the American team may not have the defensive depth the Canadian team will be bringing to Sochi, Team USA is arguably deeper than they were three and a half years ago in Vancouver.
The question for David Poile and Dan Bylsma is who will be making this team in 2014. Don’t forget the games will be played on a bigger ice surface so making the right decision will be crucial.
Obviously there are locks to make Team USA in 2014: Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Jonathan Quick, Phil Kessel, Ryan Kesler, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Jack Johnson, Erik Johnson, Patrick Kane, Paul Stastny, James van Riemsdyk, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan McDonagh, Jimmy Howard, Ryan Callahan, John Carlson.
After this list it is hard to pick the rest of the team because many of the players invited to camp are worthy of wearing the Team USA sweater. Does the United States just go with all veteran players or will they decide to mix it up and give the young players like Trouba, Gibson, Galchenyuk, and Jones a shot an opportunity to excel on the international stage again.
However, it may be tough for those young players to show the coaching staff what they got on the ice at the orientation camp. As Chich Gormley of CSNWashington.com noted, issues with insuring player’s contracts will keep Team USA from participating in full blown on ice workouts.
The only way these young players make the team will be playing their way onto the team during the NHL’s regular season.
The camp is designed to assist in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, set for Feb. 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Here is my projected lineup for Team USA at the 2014 Sochi Games (this is my take on the team and welcome debate to the roster and you are free to disagree).
Goalies: Jonathan Quick, Jimmy Howard, and Cory Schneider
Defense: Jack Johnson, Kevin Shattenkirk, John Carlson, Ryan Suter, Ryan McDonagh, and Keith Yandle
Offense: Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Bobby Ryan, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Phil Kessel, Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan, James Van Riemsdyk, Max Pacioretty, Dustin Brown, David Backes, Craig Smith
Reserve: TJ Oshie, Zach Bogosian
Again there is so much depth on defense that it would not surprise anymore if Paul Martin or Brooks Orpik will make the team for veteran presence and size.
Note: Peter Laviolette, Todd Richads and Tony Granato will join Bylsma's staff as assistant coaches for the Olympics in Sochi.
On Monday, Hockey Canada, along with Canada’s National Men’s Team management group, invited 47 players to attend a national team orientation camp from Aug. 25-28 in Calgary.
Just like their counterparts in the United States, Canada will not be holding on ice workouts due to issues insuring players’ contracts. Instead one day will be for media and administrative things like going over travel plans and arrangements for families. The rest will spent learning the team system of play and watching video, with time out for team-building activities.
It should not be hard for the players to learn the system for Sochi 2014 as the coaching staff remains the same from their gold medal winning squad in 2010. Mike Babcock will be the head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team, with three associate coaches: Ken Hitchcock Claude Julien and Lindy Ruff.
“I would like to congratulate the players being invited today to our orientation camp,” said executive director Steve Yzerman,. “This marks an important step for this program, as it is our only opportunity to be together as a group before Sochi.”
Here is the full camp roster:
Goalies: Corey Crawford, Braden Holtby, Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith
Defensemen: Karl Alzner, Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Boyle, Drew Doughty, Mike Green, Dan Hamhuis, Travis Hamonic, Duncan Keith, Kris Letang, Marc Methot, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Pietrangelo, Brent Seabrook, Marc Staal, PK Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber.
Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Logan Couture, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Jordan Eberle Ryan Getzlaf, Claude Giroux, Taylor Hall, Chris Kunitz, Andrew Ladd, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Rick Nash, James Neal, Corey Perry, Mike Richards, Patrick Sharp, Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews
Notably absence from Team Canada camp is Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who was on the four previous Olympic teams with NHL player participation, or 36-year-old winger Jarome Iginla, who played in the last three Games. Other notable omissions are Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn, who has a chance of playing his way onto the team, Jason Spezza, Evander Kane, Cam Ward, Dan Girardi, and Patrick Marleau.
Canada is very deep at every position, especially on offense, but one question facing Canada will be in net. Canada has not been able to get past the quarterfinals of the IIHF World Hockey Championships and has not won a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships since 2009.
The reason is goaltending or the lack of goaltending. In many insiders eyes this is Roberto Luongo’s job to lose. He went five for five with a shutout in Canada’s run to gold in 2010. However, just like the United States, Canada has not medaled outside North America. This is a pattern they are looking to change.
While there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Canada can score goals with the depth at the forward position, they will need to be able to stop goals. Their defense is really good, but Canada may not have enough left-handed shots when the games start in February.
Yzerman would like to have an equal balance of right and-left-handed shots on defense, although it is not cast in stone. And he noted the high-powered Soviet teams of the 1970s and 1980s had all left-hand shots.
Four incumbents shoot right: Boyle, Doughty, Weber and Seabrook -- while only Keith shoots left. Other top candidates who shoot right include Norris Trophy winner P.K Subban, Alex Pietrangelo, and Kris Letang. The lefties include Marc Staal, who is question mark because of his eyes, Dion Phaneuf, Marc Methot, and Dan Hamhuis.
Here is my projected roster for Team Canada at the Olympics:
Goalies: Roberto Luongo, Corey Crawford, and Mike Smith
Defense: Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Shea Weber, Alex Pietrangelo, PK Subban,
Offense: Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Logan Couture, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews, Jordan Eberle, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Claude Giroux, Matt Duchene, Eric Staal, James Neal, Rick Nash
(Please note the games will be being played on a bigger ice surface, so this could factor into guys playing and not playing. Would not be shocked if Milan Lucic makes this team to add size and skill to the team up front.)
Canada opens the Games on Feb. 13 against Norway.
The Russian Hockey Federation announced its preliminary Olympic roster for men's hockey on Monday. The list consists of 35 players, who will compete to represent Russia in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.
The Russian Federation is looking to win the gold medal on home soil and avenge their disappointing effort from Vancouver 2010.
Here is the full roster:
Defensemen (12): Evgeny Biryukov, Slava Voynov, Anton Volchenkov, Sergei Gonchar, Denis Denisov, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov, Evgeny Medvedev, Nikita Nikitin, Ilya Nikulin, Eugene Ryasensky, Fedor Tyutin.
Forwards (18): Artem Anisimov, Michael Varnakov, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Denis Kokarev, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nikolai Kulemin, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Perezhogin, Alexander Popov, Alexander Radulov, Alexander Semin, Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexei Tereshchenko, Viktor Tikhonov, Vadim Shipachev, Nail Yakupov.
Zinetula Bilyaletdinov will coach the team with the above invitees gathering August 23-24 in Sochi.
The Russians boast the reigning Vezina Trophy winner in goal with Bobrovsky and multiple stars up front in Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk, and Kovalchuk. The big question mark for the Russians is expected to be on defense.
If there is one player that none of the teams especially Canada would want to see make the Russian team would be Evgeny Kuznetsov. He has burned Canada with his stellar play at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
While the Olympics are a different from the junior tournament, Kuznetsov is a proven player on the International stage and look for him to make an impact at the Olympics if he makes the team.
Also of note, no invite for goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who represented Russia in the last couple of Olympics?
Team Sweden has announced its preliminary roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Though Team Sweden did not medal in 2010 in ice hockey, they have previous experience winning gold at the Olympics in Torino 2006. It is unlikely Sweden will sneak up on anyone in 2014.
On the same day that Canada, the United States, and Russia announced preliminary invitations, Sweden announced its 35 player lon list as it looks to improve from its fifth-place showing from the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
On the same day that Canada, the United States and Russia also announced preliminary invitations, Sweden announced its 35 player long-list as it looks to avenge its fifth-place showing from the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Henrik Lundqvist, Henrik Zetterberg, and the Sedin Twins headline as some of the big marquee names invite to camp. It is hard to imagine a Swedish team without Nicklas Lidstrom and Daniel Alfredsson.
Here’s the full roster, via NHL.com.
Forwards: Patrik Berglund, *Nicklas Backstrom, Jimmie Ericsson, *Loui Eriksson, *Johan Franzen, Carl Hagelin, *Patric Hornqvist, Marcus Johansson, Marcus Kruger, Gabriel Landeskog, Oscar Lindberg, Joel Lundqvist, Gustav Nyquist, Niklas Persson, *Daniel Sedin, *Henrik Sedin, Alexander Steen and *Henrik Zetterberg.
Defensemen: Jonas Brodin, Alexander Edler, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Nicklas Grossmann, Erik Gustafsson, Victor Hedman, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Erik Karlsson, *Niklas Kronwall, *Douglas Murray, *Johnny Oduya and *Henrik Tallinder.
Goalies: Jhonas Enroth, Viktor Fasth, Robin Lehner and *Henrik Lundqvist.
*denotes players who were on the Olympic Roster in 2010
**also Team Sweden is the defending IIHF World Hockey Champions as they won gold at the 2013 event.
Team Finland joined Team USA, Canada, and Russia by announcing on Monday their Olympic orientation camp rosters. Finland’s squad includes 18 returning members of the team that won the bronze medal in 2010.
There are two big questions that face Team Finland heading into camp:
1) Will the “Finnish Flash” Teemu Selanne retire from the NHL before the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi?
2) Which goalie will stand out in a distinguished group of goaltenders to become the number one guy?
Here’s the full camp roster:
Forwards: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim, *Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, *Niklas Hagman, Teemu Hartikainen, Juha-Pekka Hytonen, Jarkko Immonen, Jesse Joensuu, Jussi Jokinen, *Olli Jokinen, *Niko Kapanen, *Mikko Koivu, *Saku Koivu (Anaheim), Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jarno Koskiranta, Jori Lehtera, Ville Leino, *Antti Miettinen, Janne Pesonen, Lennart Petrell, Antti Pihlstrom, *Jarkko Ruutu, *Tuomo Ruutu, Sakari Salminen, Veli-Matti Savinainen and *Teemu Selanne.
Defensemen: Juuso Hietanen, Topi Jaakola, Joonas Jarvinen, Jere Karalahti, *Lasse Kukkonen, Teemu Laakso, *Sami Lepisto, *Toni Lydman, Tuukka Mantyla, *Janne Niskala, Petteri Nummelin, *Joni Pitkanen, *Sami Salo, *Kimmo Timonen, Sami Vatanen and Ossi Vaananen.
Goalies: *Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Antti Raanta, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Karri Ramo and Petri Vehanen.
* – means that player was part of the 2010 squad.
Team Finland has a chance to medal again in 2014 in Russia.
Team Switzerland has medaled twice the in event of ice hockey at the Olympics. Once in 1928, and the second and last time coming in 1948. On both occasion the games were played outdoors at the St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink.
The Swiss walked away with bronze on both occasions, but since then it has been pretty tough for the Swiss to even make it to the medal round. The Swiss will be looking to improve on their eighth place finish from Vancouver in 2010.
Could the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, be the year Switzerland finally makes their return to the Olympic?
Well, it would be tough climbing with the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, and Russia having great teams in the tournament. However, Switzerland has been rapidly improving in ice hockey over the past decade, and it will give any team a run for their money.
One of the biggest wins for Team Switzerland at the Olympics came during the 2006 Torino Games when Switzerland defeated Canada 2-0. Switzerland again pushed Canada to the limits in 2010, losing to the eventual gold medal winning Canadian team in a shootout in the preliminary round. The Swiss lost to the United States in the quarterfinals, but it was only by a score of 2-0 (one goal was an empty-netter).
Switzerland just won a silver medal at the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championships beating Canada and the United States along the way before losing to Sweden in the gold medal game. Switzerland should not be overlooked by any team at the Olympics.
Here is complete list of 47 players invited to Switzerland’s Olympic evaluation camp:
Goalies: Reto Berra (Calgary), Martin Gerber, Jonas Hiller (Anaheim, Benjamin Conz, Lukas Flueler, Tobias Stephan
Defenseman: Goran Bezina, Severin Blindenbacher, Eric Blum, Alessandro Chiesa, Rafael Diaz, Felicien Du Bois, Philippe Furrer, Robin Grossmann, Roman Josi, Romain Loeffel, Tim Ramholt, Luca Sbisa, Mathias Seger, Mark Streit, Julien Vauclair, Patrick Von. Yannick Weber
Forwards: Andres Ambuhl, Sven Baertschi, Matthias Bieber, Simon Bodenmann, Damien Brunner, Dario Burgler, Luca Cunti, Ryan Gardner, Denis Hollenstein, Thibaut Monnet, Simon Moser, Nino Niederreiter, Inti Pestoni, Benjamin Pluss, Martin Pluss, Kevin Romy, Ivo Ruthemann, Gregory Sciaroni, Juraj Simek, Julien Sprunger, Victor Stancescu, Reto Suri, Morris Trachsler, Julien Walker, Roman Wick
The Swiss feature some good NHLers like Flyers defenseman Mark Streit and Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. They also have young talent up front in Wild forward Nino Niederreiter and Reto Suri to go along with Flames forward Sven Baertschi and free agent Damien Brunner. Nashville defenseman Roman Josi is another promising young
player for Switzerland.
If the Swiss can pull off miracle wins against the big teams at the Olympics they very well could find themselves on the Olympic podium in Sochi.
The Czech Republic has released a list of 67 candidates for the 2014 Winter Olympics Sochi, Russia and there a several names fans of the NHL will recognize.
Leading the way for the Czech Republic is a pair of New Jersey Devils teammates in 41-year old Jaromir Jagr and 37-year old Patrik Elias. The Czechs have invited 38 forwards, 22 defenseman, and seven goalies to their camp.
38 of 67 players are under contract with an NHL team or have most recently played there. While 23 players come from the Russian Kontinental Hockey League, including five from Lev Prague, another five players compete in the Czech Extraliga and one in Finland.
The Czech Republic won the gold medal in Nagano in 1998 and the bronze medal in Torino in 2006 and boasts a veteran laden team with a very strong NHL influence heading into Sochi 2014.
There will be a battle in goal for the number one spot between Tomas Vokoun, Michal Neuwirth, and Ondrej Pavelec. Vokoun was the man in 2010 with Pavelec working as his backup and Czech Extraliga Jakub Stepanek as the number three.
On defense, the Czechs feature a number of NHL vets: Marek Zidlicky, Zbynek Michalek, Roman Polak, Michal Rozsival, Jan Hedja, Radek Martinek, and Ladislav Smid. It is expected that Tampa Bay’s young defense Radko Gudas and Detroit’s Jakub Kindl will also be in the mix along with Washington’s Tomas Kundratek.
The Czech Republic boast the most depth on offense. Jagr and Elias are joined by Martin Erat, Tomas Fleischmann, Michael Frolik, Martin Hanzal, Martin Havlat, Alex Hemsky, Jiri Hudler, David Krejci, Milan Michalek, Tomas Plekanec, Vinny Prospal, Vladimir Sobotka, Jiri Thusty, Jakub Voracek, and Radim Vrbata. For a complete list of players who were invited click here for more details.