The Malik Report
by Monica McAlister on 01/07/14 at 10:32 AM ET
Red Wings fans will have plenty of options to cheer for with the 2014 Sochi Olympics (behind their home country of course) as ten of Hockeytown’s finest have been selected to represent their native countries.
Detroit’s system will have players represented in all positions in the Olympics as two goaltenders, two defensemen and six forwards.
USA Hockey announced their roster after the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor and Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard was one of the few Men’s National Team players in (the Big) house able to come out on the ice for acknowledgement.
Howard will be the only Red Wing on the American roster in Sochi; however, not the only Red Wings goaltender as Jonas Gustavsson was named to Team Sweden earlier today.
Team Sweden will see six Red Wings done the Tre Kronor in Sochi.
Joining countryman Gustavsson will be the defense pair of Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson, while up front the Swedes will see Daniel Alfredsson play in his fifth Olympiad.
Johan Franzen will be part of the Swedish offense along with teammate Henrik Zetterberg whom was also named Sweden’s Captain for the games in Sochi.
Henrik Zetterberg named captain for team Sweden at the 2014 Olympics. #redwings— Linus Hugosson (@linushugosson) January 7, 2014
Slovakia selected Tomas Tatar to their team fresh off of dekeing (Dallas) Stars into one another; and Tomas Jurco, currently playing in Grand Rapids, was also chosen.
Last, but surely not the least… (once Russia Announced their roster).
Sochi, Russia being the host for the 2014 Winter Olympics it will make it a meaningful Olympic tournament for Russian Pavel Datsyuk. The star Red Wing will bring his dekes and dangles to the international stage once more.
Good luck to all of those named to Olympic National teams as we enter the final count down to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
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