Team Canada preparing to get younger at Sochi Olympics

Canada's Sidney Crosby celebrates scoring the winning goal in overtime during the gold medal...

Canada's Sidney Crosby celebrates scoring the winning goal in overtime during the gold medal Olympic men's hockey game between Canada and the U.S. at GM Place in Vancouver Feb. 28, 2010. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

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Scott Niedermayer won’t be back when Canada defends gold in men’s hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia.

Nor will Chris Pronger, having his career basically cut short due to concussion issues.

Considering Martin Brodeur is likely on the outside of the team’s incredibly murky goaltending picture, while forwards Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Patrick Marleau and Brenden Morrow have been pushed aside thanks to Father Time with a crop of young bucks ready to take their spots, Team Canada will have a comparably younger roster when it suits up in Sochi, Russia, next February than it did when it won gold in Vancouver 2010.

Considering how Canada has fared with NHLers in tournament outside of North America, a younger lineup is a good thing.

After all, with youth comes an element the Maple Leaf desperately needs to defend the gold won in Vancouver in ’10 — speed.


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