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Red Wings Well Represented In Sochi

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.

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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TreKronor's avatar

I’m sort of surprised about Jurco.  Him making the roster either says a lot about his talent, or a lot about the Slovakian team…

Team Sweden is looking pretty solid, in my opinion - particularly on the back end.  It will be interesting to see how Lundquist plays going into the Olympics, because of his performance so far this season.  I could see Sweden giving Gus a chance in one of the first couple games.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/07/14 at 11:54 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Good for Jurco. He is deserving of the pick. Tartar was a lock. The Swedes are looking good as usual with Z as the Captain, and, the Russians are bred from birth to win.

Mother Russia is the host Country, so, tons of National Pride is at stake here.

I’m surprised Putin didn’t include himself on the roster.(sarcasm)

Hope you’re recovery is going good, George.

Thanks Monica, you’re handling this spot very well.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/07/14 at 12:16 PM ET

SYF's avatar

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.

Agree.  Dangles loves the spotlight, but lets his work do all the talking.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/07/14 at 01:08 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

The Russian defenseman corp is mediocre at best overall so Pav may have to be go Fedorov and convert to defenseman.
Jimmie Ericsson (Jonathan’s bro) made the team. Quick Kenny, sign him to 6 or 7 year contract worth similar 4M per!
snake
Alfie making 5th Olympics and The Monster along with Enroth of Buffalo being asked to back NYR King Henrik, no pressure, lol.
Surprised Abdelkader got snubbed but guess he’s not “truculent” enough for fathead lawyer brian burke.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/07/14 at 03:15 PM ET

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Surprised Abdelkader got snubbed

Why?  You expected that since he made a stupid decision to leave Bobby Ryan off the team he would make the equally stupid decision to include Abdelkader?

Posted by Garth on 01/08/14 at 09:14 AM ET

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