February of the 2013-14 season will offer joy, anticipation, heart-break and everything in between. Boston Bruins fans, NHL fans, Americans, Russians – the whole world will be drawn to any communicative device they own to listen in on the action.
Sochi, a city located in the southwestern region of Russia, is the host of the 22nd Winter Olympics. Men’s ice hockey is typically the highlight of these Olympics.
As the 2014 Olympics quickly approach on February 7, the day when the flame is lit and the celebrations begin, the 12 countries that qualified for men’s ice hockey are quickly organizing and finalizing their rosters.
Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States will participate in ice hockey – men’s division.
Countless Bruins come from these 12 countries, but who will be strong, dedicated, motivated, and talented enough to represent their countries in this Winter Olympiad?
The Finnish obviously planted goaltender Tuukka Rask onto their Olympics try-out roster, while Slovakia scooped up defenseman Zdeno Chara. Both Rask and Chara are arguably the best in the world at their respective positions.
Rask matches up against numerous talented and accomplished netminders such as, Miikka Kiprusoff, Pekka Rinne, Antti Niemi and Niklas Backstrom. Fortunately for the Finns, the starting goaltender position insists that Team Finland will have a strong lack of goals against, hopefully inching them towards the gold medal game.
Play-making forward David Krejci is most likely going to compete for Czech Republic.
Defending Winter Olympians for the men’s ice hockey competition, Team Canada added forwards Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand to their orientation roster. 44 other Canadian players were extended this invitation and await the final team after orientation camp comes to a close Aug. 28. The camp starts three days prior in Calgary.
Recently acquired forward Loui Eriksson joins Sweden’s Olympics camp.
Although many Bruins are representing the organization trying out for their respective countries’ hockey squad for the upcoming Olympics, not one Bruin was asked to compete for a spot on the U.S. roster. The player camp consisted of 48 skaters, none of which were from the Bruins.