Team Canada 2010

By LANCE HORNBY, QMI AGENCY



For many on Team Canada, the Olympics is a new experience.

For others, it's a shot at revenge that has been simmering for four years since the disaster at Turin.

The tournament gets underway on Feb. 16 against Norway at GM Place in Vancouver. Lance Hornby takes a look at Team Canada's 23-man roster with age, hometown, NHL team and league stats through Jan. 4.

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SIDNEY CROSBY

CENTRE, 22, COLE HARBOUR, N.S., PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Why he's picked: In addition to his offensive magic, he's pretty good at shootouts, captained a Stanley Cup champion and is no stranger to pressure.

International affairs: '04 and '05 world junior, '06 world championship.

2009-10 NHL stats: 42 GP, 24-25-49, plus-10

Did you know?: Auctioned game-worn sweaters for more than $20,000 US each to raise money for disaster victims.

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JAROME IGINLA

RIGHT WING, 32, EDMONTON, ALTA., CALGARY FLAMES

Why he's picked: It wouldn't be a Team Canada without him. A dominant force in what could be his last Olympics.

International affairs: '94 Nations Cup Under-18, '96 world junior, '97 worlds, '02, '06 Olympics, '04 World Cup.

2009-10 NHL stats: 41 GP, 21-20-41, plus-1

Did you know?: When he found out a Calgary couple he met at the '02 Olympics were sleeping in their car, he paid for a room for them in the hotel his parents were staying at.

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MARTIN BRODEUR

GOALIE, 37, MONTREAL, QUE., NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Why he's picked: NHL's career shutout leader has been on this stage enough times to know what's expected and should be even better in an NHL-sized rink.

International affairs: '96 and '05 worlds; '96, '04 World Cup; '98, '02 and '06 Olympics.

2009-10 NHL stats: 26-10-1, 2.20 GAA, .920 save pct.

Did you know?: Hosts a street hockey tourney every year, in which he plays forward, his childhood position.

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SCOTT NIEDERMAYER

DEFENCE, 36, CRANBROOK, B.C., ANAHEIM DUCKS

Why he's picked: Seemed natural that the homegrown blue-liner would be in Vancouver. The international experience makes him a logical choice for captain.

International affairs: '91, '92 world junior, '96 World Cup, '02 Olympics, '04 world championship, '04 World Cup.

2009-10 NHL stats: 29 GP, 4-15-19, minus-13

Did you know?: Only Canadian with Stanley, Memorial, World Cup titles, world junior, world championship and Olympic gold.

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PATRICK MARLEAU

LEFT WING, 30, ANEROID, SASK., SAN JOSE SHARKS

Why he's picked: The perfect complement to the brawn and scoring touch of the Sharks' top line. Among his under-rated attributes is penalty-killing.

International affairs: '03 world championship, '04 World Cup, '05 world championship.

2009-10 NHL stats: 43 GP, 27-17-44, plus-17

Did you know?: Aneroid, the farming community he was born in near Swift Current, has a population of 45.

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JOE THORNTON

CENTRE, 30, LONDON, ONT., SAN JOSE SHARKS

Why he's picked: Putting the puck on teammate Dany Heatley's tape every night to fire up Sharks' offence. Too tough for most opposing centres to handle in front.

International affairs: '97 world junior, '04 Spengler Cup, '05 Swiss League title with Davos, '04 World Cup.

2009-10 NHL stats: 43 GP, 11-47-58, plus-14

Did you know?: His 125 points in 2005-06 the most by a player who changed teams in-season (Boston to San Jose).

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DUNCAN KEITH

DEFENCE, 26, WINNIPEG, MAN., CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Why he's picked: A plus-63 entering this season since 2007-08 and plays up to 26 minutes a night.

International affairs: '08 world championship, two assists, plus-9 in nine games as Canada won silver.

2009-10 NHL stats: 42 GP, 6-30-36, plus-11

Did you know?: Was picked 54th in the 2002 draft, while Chicago's first-round pick, Anton Babchuk, played 168 NHL games and is now in the KHL.

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RICK NASH

LEFT WING, 25, BRAMPTON, ONT., COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Why he's picked: A wide-ranging national team portfolio, adds scoring on the left side and has the tools and size to go in the corners and create room.

International affairs: '02 world junior, '05 world championship, '06 Olympics, '07 worlds, '08 worlds.

2009-10 NHL stats: 43 GP, 19-19-38, minus-12

Did you know?: Won 2009 NHL Foundation Player Award for charitable service to the community.

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CHRIS PRONGER

DEFENCE, 35, DRYDEN, ONT., PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Why he's picked: Not especially swift, but knows how to use his big frame to clear traffic without running afoul of the nuances of the international hockey rulebook. Experience and leadership will be key.

International affairs: '93 world junior, '97 world championship, '98 Olympics, '02 Olympics, '06 Olympics.

2009-10 NHL stats: 41 GP, 5-20-25, plus-11

Did you know?: His mother is Finnish.

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ROBERTO LUONGO

GOALIE, 30, MONTREAL, QUE., VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Why he's picked: Not only in his home country, but on home ice. Here's his chance to put his stamp on this position, up to and including 2014 if NHLers go to Russia.

International affairs: '98, '99 world junior, '01, '03, '04, '05 worlds, '04 World Cup, 'O6 Olympics

2009-10 NHL stats: 21-12-1, 2.25 GAA, .921

Did you know?: Will be a Canuck until age 43 if he plays to the end of his current $64-million US contract.

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DANY HEATLEY

RIGHT WING, 28, FREIBURG, GERMANY, SAN JOSE SHARKS

Why he's picked: If his scoring clip keeps up, even fans in Ottawa and Edmonton might warm to his presence on the national team. Can't break up the San Jose set.

International affairs: '00, '01 world junior, '02, '03, '04, '05, '08 world championships, '06 Olympics.

2009-10 NHL stats: 43 GP, 24-22-46, plus-12

Did you know?: Dad Murray played for Calgary in the WHA and was with a German team when Dany was born.

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SHEA WEBER

DEFENCE, 24, SICAMOUS, B.C., NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Why he's picked: Back in 2005 he shut down Alex Ovechkin at the world junior. Has 30 goals since the start of 2008-09, is a plus-19 in that span and has a mean streak.

International affairs: '05 world junior championship, '07 world championship.

2009-10 NHL stats: 40 GP, 7-16-23, plus-3.

Did you know?: Mom, Tracy, is a hairdresser. Dad, James, is a sawmill worker.

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ERIC STAAL

CENTRE, 25, THUNDER BAY, ONT., CAROLINA HURRICANES

Why he's picked: He is a 40-goal scorer who can check, has a Stanley Cup ring and a knack for timely goals.

International affairs: '07 world championship, '08 worlds. Staal totalled 17 points in both events.

2009-10 NHL stats: 31 GP, 8-19-27, minus-5

Did you know?: Chosen second overall in '03 draft, which includes teammates Fleury (1st), Seabrook (14th), Getzlaf (19th), Perry (28th), Bergeron (45th) and Weber (49th).

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COREY PERRY

RIGHT WING, 24, PETERBOROUGH, ONT., ANAHEIM DUCKS

Why he's picked: He and Getzlaf should be a potent combo at either end of the ice, with Perry doing the spade work for his Anaheim centre.

International affairs: '05 world junior championship.

2009-10 NHL stats: 42 GP, 16-25-41, minus-2.

Did you know?: His first job was loading beds for Sleep Country Canada.

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BRENDEN MORROW

LEFT WING, 30, CARLYLE, SASK., DALLAS STARS

Why he's picked: Another two-way Western Conference player unafraid to tread in no-fly zones to get the puck, though he is not a big man.

International affairs: '99 world junior, '01, '02, '04, '05 world championships, '04 World Cup.

2009-10 NHL stats: 40 GP, 13-13-26, even

Did you know?: He's the son-in-law of Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey.

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BRENT SEABROOK

DEFENCE, 24, TSAWWASSEN. B.C., CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Why he's picked: The perfect bookend for teammate Keith, he does the heavy lifting. If Chicago duo can duplicate the Pronger-Niedermayer chemistry, then the gamble to go younger with this team is worth it.

International affairs: '04, '05 world junior, '06 worlds.

2009-10 NHL stats: 40 GP, 3-16-19, plus-16.

Did you know?: Pacific Vipers minor team included eventual Hawks teammates Colin Fraser, Troy Brouwer, Andrew Ladd.

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RYAN GETZLAF

CENTRE, 25, REGINA, SASK., ANAHEIM DUCKS

Why he's picked: Size and smarts and has an impressive 47 points in 56 NHL playoff games. Even more remarkable is that he's plus-62 so far in the NHL.

International affairs: '02 world under-17, '03 world under-18, '04, '05 world junior, '08 world championship.

2009-10 NHL stats: 38 GP, 10-31-41, plus-2

Did you know?: Brother Chris plays wide receiver in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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JONATHAN TOEWS

CENTRE, 21, WINNIPEG, MAN., CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Why he's picked: One of the NHL's most reliable men on the draw as well as being a shootout ace. He is well accustomed to the world stage at a young age.

International affairs: '05 world under-17, '06 world junior championship, '07 world junior, '07, '08 worlds.

2009-10 NHL stats: 36 GP, 13-21-34, plus-19

Did you know?: Loves it when the Hawks play Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry when he scores at United Center.

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DREW DOUGHTY

DEFENCE, 20, LONDON, ONT., LOS ANGELES KINGS

Why he's picked: Youth and enthusiasm valued ahead of the more one-dimensional Mike Green. Should put this experience to good use for Canada in future global events.

International affairs: '06 world under-17, '07 world under 18, '08 world junior, '09 world championship.

2009-10 NHL stats: 43 GP, 9-23-32, plus-8

Did you know?: Only L.A. King picked higher than him was defenceman Rick Pagnutti (first overall in 1967).

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DAN BOYLE

DEFENCE, 33, OTTAWA, ONT., SAN JOSE SHARKS

Why he's picked: Was a good soldier in '06 when he didn't get off the Olympic taxi squad. Has a Stanley Cup to his name and plays in the fluid Sharks system.

International affairs: '05 world championship.

2009-10 NHL stats: 43 GP, 8-24-32, plus-5

Did you know?: A fire at his Florida home during the 2004 Stanley Cup final destroyed many personal items, but the puck from his first NHL goal survived.

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PATRICE BERGERON

FORWARD, 24, ANCIENNE-LORETTE, QUE., BOSTON BRUINS

Why he's picked: Has special teams strengths, can play all three forward positions and the power-play point. Has an international history playing with Crosby.

International affairs: '04 world championship, '05 world junior, '06 worlds.

2009-10 NHL stats: 41 GP, 11-20-31, plus-4

Did you know?: First player to earn a gold medal at the worlds before winning one at the world junior.

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MICHAEL RICHARDS

CENTRE, 24, KENORA, ONT., PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Why he's picked: Will be a hound on the puck, whether at full strength or killing penalties. Should excel outside of the often uncomfortable Philly spotlight.

International affairs: '04 world junior, '05 world junior, '06 world championship.

2009-10 NHL stats: 41 GP, 17-17-34, plus-5

Did you know?: He holds the NHL record with three career short-handed goals in 5-on-3 situations.

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MARC-ANDRE FLEURY

GOALIE, 25, SOREL, QUE., PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Why he's picked: Pressure-treated netminder who stared down the mighty Red Wings on home ice in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

International affairs: '03 world junior championship, '04 world junior championship.

2009-10 NHL stats: 22-13-1, 2.58 GAA, .905 save pct.

Did you know?: Fleury has the initials of all four of his grandparents on the back of his mask.

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TEAM CANADA 2010 MANAGEMENT

Steve Yzerman: Executive Director (VP Detroit Red Wings)

Doug Armstrong: Associate Director (Assistant GM, St. Louis Blues)

Ken Holland: Associate Director (GM Detroit Red Wings)

Kevin Lowe: Associate Director (President, hockey operations, Edmonton Oilers)

Coaches

Mike Babcock: Head coach (Detroit Red Wings)

Lindy Ruff: Assistant coach (Buffalo Sabres)

Ken Hitchcock: Assistant coach (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Jacques Lemaire: Assistant coach (New Jersey Devils)

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