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2014-01-07 at 11:34

Sharp to Olympics

By Leith Dunick,
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TORONTO -  Thunder Bay's Patrick Sharp was among the 25 players who heard his name called Tuesday as Canada named the men's hockey team for the Socchi Olympics. 

Eric Staal, a gold medallist in 2010 in Vancouver, did not make the cut, nor did hockey-playing siblings Marc and Jordan Staal. All three brothers were invited to Team Canada's summer orientation camp. Kenora's Mike Richards, another 2010 member, will also watch from home. 

The team is built around key contributors from the team that won gold four years ago in Vancouver.

Sidney Crosby, who scored the game-winning goal over the United States in overtime, is back and likely will be named captain.

Roberto Luongo, who was in net for the completion of the 2010 tournament, could get another chance next month as he's back on the roster following some tumultuous times.

Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Patrice Bergeron are also among the Vancouver medallists named to the team.

John Tavares and Carey Price lead the group of newcomers, which also includes the injured Steven Stamkos, who is already skating and would like to return from a broken leg before the start of the Olympics.

Canada beat the United States in overtime to win the gold medal in 2010 when Crosby beat Ryan Miller.

It was Canada's second gold medal since the NHL began sending its players at the 1998 Nagano Games.

Canada opens the Sochi Games Feb. 13 against Norway.

The full roster:

Goalies: Roberto Luongo; Carey Price; Mike Smith

Defencemen: Jay Bouwmeester; Drew Doughty; Dan Hamhuis; Duncan Keith; Alex Pietrangelo; P.K. Subban; Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Shea Weber

Forwards: Jamie Benn; Patrice Bergeron; Jeff Carter; Sidney Crosby; Matt Duchene; Ryan Getzlaf; Chris Kunitz; Patrick Marleau; Rick Nash; Corey Perry; Patrick Sharp; Steven Stamkos; John Tavares; Jonathan Toews

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canada101 says:
Go Canada Go!!!
1/7/2014 11:53:26 AM
Dockboy says:
Congratulations Patrick, no more backseat to the Stalls.
1/7/2014 12:58:02 PM
CM Punk says:
Why don't you just congratulate the guy for being named on the team?
He has worked hard for his success and I am sure he will due TBay proud and Team Canada.
Sure its gonna be a tough competitive go for the gold but everybody knows its not a walk in the park.

Sharpe, if you read this, congrats. Hawks are the best in the world and the hometown of CM Punk. CHICAGO!

Its clobbering time!
1/7/2014 1:10:13 PM
DougMyers says:
The word on the street is that you are a class act!

Congrats and well deserved!
1/7/2014 2:55:46 PM
dynamiter says:
I like this roster - It has wheels and toughness both on the front end and the back end. Too bad that more of the local guys did not make it - but so far they have had a rough season except for Patty and the staff said they were going with the hot guys ( except for poor Stamkos and his broken leg). If the goaltenders stand on their heads we can do this and I am looking forward to watching these games at some time in the early morning. I just hope that they broadcast it live and not some convoluted rebroadcast situation that they tend to do when the Olympics at 5 timezones elsewhere.
1/7/2014 3:18:17 PM
spooner19 says:
Sharp making this team is a no brainer, he could have been the mvp in lasts years playoffs and i think he will do great and be a top player there. It's too bad Canada has very poor goaltending compared to other countries and may be the main reason they don't get gold.
1/7/2014 6:22:15 PM
bttnk says:
Sharpie just keeps on achieving the next goal he sets for himself and it couldn't happen to a better guy. Hard work and perseverance has paid off for Pat. Congrats!!
1/8/2014 8:36:45 AM
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