It’s time to welcome the Sochi Winter Olympics to our lives.
The first of the Games to take place in Russia, this year’s team is the most exciting of any ever assembled in a Winter Olympics.
We have seen the best players in the world in action, from Wayne Gretzky to Wayne Greta, but we’ve never seen such a talented group of men and women from different backgrounds.
The rosters of players will be made up of NHLers, and it’s the same story with women.
The most experienced players from Canada and the U.S. will represent Canada and America in Sochi, while the youngest players from the world will represent Europe.
As a hockey fan, I hope the Olympic team will provide a unique experience for all.
Let’s have a look at the list of players that will play in Sochi.
#1: Patrik Laine Patrik has made a name for himself in North America, where he has helped lead the Winnipeg Jets to the Stanley Cup championship.
Laine will represent Team USA in Sochi as a captain and a forward.
#2: Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Ovi has been the NHL’s all-time leading scorer for five straight years, and he’ll represent Team Russia in Sochi with a new nickname.
#3: Ryan Getzlaf Ryan Getzilaf has had a huge impact on hockey in Toronto for many years, but the NHL will be the home of his legacy in Sochi because of his role in helping the New York Rangers win the Stanley War Memorial.
#4: Henrik Lundqvist Henrik will represent Sweden as a forward and will lead Team Sweden in Sochi’s opening games.
#5: David Backes David Backse has a lot of talent and is a tremendous hockey player, but his name isn’t as well known in North American circles.
He’ll represent Sweden with a different jersey number, but will also play with the same teammates as a member of the Ottawa Senators.
#6: Ryan Kesler Ryan Kesller is one of the most dominant players in NHL history.
He will play with Team Canada in Sochi and is expected to be one of their top three goal scorers.
#7: Justin Williams Justin Williams is one-third of the New Jersey Devils and he’s expected to help Team Canada with his experience.
#8: Connor McDavid Connor McDevitt has been a part of Team Canada’s core for years, so it will be a surprise to see him represented in Sochi at this point in his career.
#9: Ryan O’Reilly Ryan OReilly will represent Switzerland with a jersey number that will be unfamiliar to many hockey fans, but it’s a new jersey number for the veteran forward.
The team will have the opportunity to see McDavid and O’Reelly play against each other, and we will see how they compare on the ice.
#10: Jyrki Jokipakka Jyrkki will play for Team Finland as a goalie, but he’ll play alongside his former teammate, Patrik Elias, in Sochi in his new jersey.
#11: Nikita Zadorov Nikita will represent Russia as a center, and as a rookie, he was the captain of Team Finland.
#12: Alexander Zemlianenko Alexander will represent Slovakia with a unique jersey number and he will play alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk in Sochi against the best goal scoreers in the NHL.
#13: Daniel Alfredsson Daniel Alfredson will represent the United States with a number that may be familiar to many fans of the game.
The reigning Hart Trophy winner is also coming off a career year in Sochi that earned him a spot in the Team Canada line-up.
#14: Ryan Johansen Ryan Johansson is the number one goaltender in the league, but this is the first time he’ll be playing in the Winter Olympics in the United Kingdom, where the team will face England and Germany in the opening games on Jan. 10 and 13.
#15: Matt Duchene Matt Duched will play as a right wing with Team USA, but Team Canada will be playing against the likes of the United Arab Emirates and the Czech Republic.
#16: Mark Scheifele Mark Scheifel will play on the left side of the ice with Team Sweden, and will be paired with fellow rookie, Jakub Voracek.
#17: Tyler Seguin Tyler Seager will play center with Team Finland, and is looking to get into the lineup as soon as possible after missing the first six games of the season with a groin injury.
#18: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Ryan Nugents name is a hockey icon, but if you want to know what it’s like to play with him, you’ll have to make a journey through the Sochi Olympics.
You’ll also get to experience the experience of watching him win gold for Team Canada.
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