Introducing Team Canada's 'B' squad

The roster is in, the team is set. Barring injury, Team Canada's Sochi Olympics roster will not...

The roster is in, the team is set.

Barring injury, Team Canada's Sochi Olympics roster will not include the likes of Joe Thornton, Claude Giroux, or Martin St. Louis.

No Dan Boyle or Corey Crawford, either.

With those names in mind, check out the rest of our picks for Team B, Canada's second squad.

(All photos via QMI Agency; words by QMI Agency sports writer Bruce Garrioch)

Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 5:22 PM ET

Let the great debate from coast-to-coast officially begin.

Moments after Team Canada’s 25-man roster was announced by general manager Steve Yzerman in Toronto on Tuesday his roster was being picked apart on social media before he was even finished.

“There are so many great Canadian players,” Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, one of the 14 forwards named to the team, told Sportsnet immediately after the announcement. “You could easy pick two Canadian teams.”

Not all the decisions made by Yzerman and his management staff were popular, but Bergeron is right because there is plenty of talent to choose from.

“There’s a lot of good players,” said Yzerman. “Whether it’s goaltender, right defence, left defence or any of the positions, we had some difficult decisions to make.

“There’s a lot of good players to choose from. This isn’t about any one individual. We had tough decisions to make because we have so many tremendous players.”

The Canadians wanted players with speed and skill who will play both ends.

“We’ve tried to pick players who are good with and without the puck,” said Canadian coach Mike Babcock on a conference call after the announcement. “Is it a tough process? Yes. It’s tough because we have good players.”

If Canada had to pick a second team, QMI Agency’s choices are listed above.


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