This past week was the deadline for Hockey Federations participating in the Winter Olympics in Sochi to submit their team rosters. The Montreal Canadiens will have 8 members going to Sochi.
Canada: Carey Price (G), P.K. Subban (D)
Czech Republic: Tomas Plekanec (F)
Russia: Andrei Markov (D), Alexei Emelin (D)
Slovakia: Peter Budaj (G)
Switzerland: Raphael Diaz (D)
U.S.A: Max Pacioretty (F)
For Peter Budaj, Tomas Plekanec, and Raphael Diaz, these Olympics will mark their second consecutive Olympics they will participate in. For Carey Price and P.K. Subban, this marks the first time members of the Montreal Canadiens make Team Canada since 1998 when Shayne Corson and Mark Recchi participated. 1998 was also the year NHL players first took part in the Olympics.
With 8 members of the Habs going to Sochi, only Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and St. Louis Blues have more players than the Canadiens going to the Olympics, with each team sending 10 players.
At the beginning of the season I predicted up to 10 Canadiens could be going to Sochi. But Alex Galchenyuk was deemed too young by Team USA and left aside. And Lars Eller, by far the best player for Team Denmark, well it never dawned on me that Team Denmark’s hockey team did not qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Below is the complete Schedule for Ice Hockey sport at the 2014 Winter Olympics.