Hockey Canada announced its Men’s Olympic Hockey Team Tuesday morning. Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter were named to the team, while Mike Richards was not.
Doughty won an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver as a 20-year-old in 2010 as well as a World Junior Championships gold medal in 2008. Carter won a World Junior Championships gold medal in 2005. Richards won gold with the 2005 Canadian world juniors team as well as the 2010 Olympic team.
Doughty was seen as a lock to make Team Canada, while Carter and Richards were viewed as on the bubble, with Carter’s chances more firmly entrenched than Richards’.
Carter, a right wing, appeared to beat out right wings Claude Giroux and Martin St. Louis to make Team Canada. Another notable name left off the team is San Jose center Joe Thornton, who was unable to crack the team’s impressive center depth, which includes Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, John Tavares and Jonathan Toews. Logan Couture, who is expected to miss 3-4 weeks due to hand surgery, as reported by CSNBayArea.com, was not named to the team.
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
Defense: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subbam, MArc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber
Goalies: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith