Stevenson on Nash, Thornton and the rest of Team Canada

New York Rangers' Rick Nash hits the rink for some ball hockey during Team Canada's orientation...

New York Rangers' Rick Nash hits the rink for some ball hockey during Team Canada's orientation camp last summer. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI AGENCY)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

So, if you want to stoke up some conversation about who’s going to be on Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team, put New York Rangers forward Rick Nash on your wing.

My Canada includes Nash.

Or leave San Jose Sharks Jumbo Joe Thorton off your team, which is what I did.

That’s the beauty – or the curse – of trying to name a Canadian roster.

Realistically, there are probably 20 solid choices for the 14 forward positions Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman will officially fill Tuesday when the team that will defend Olympic gold will be announced in Toronto.

We have so many great players in this country there will be guys left off Team Canada who, you could reasonably argue, are just as good as the players who will get the honour of representing Canada Sochi a month from now.

Naming 14 great Canadian forwards and eight defenceman and three goaltenders isn’t hard.

 


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