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Duncan Keith gets second selection to Canada's Olympic men's hockey team

Duncan Keith of Penticton, hoists the Stanley Cup, which he won for a second time with the Chicago Blackhawks last spring. Keith will look to win his second gold medal with Canada as he was selected to the men
Duncan Keith of Penticton, hoists the Stanley Cup, which he won for a second time with the Chicago Blackhawks last spring. Keith will look to win his second gold medal with Canada as he was selected to the men's hockey team to compete in the Sochi Olympics.
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Penticton’s Duncan Keith will represent Canada in the Olympics once again.

Keith, who won his second Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last spring, is being given the chance to win his second gold medal at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Keith’s name was called Tuesday in Toronto along with 24 other Canadian NHL players as Hockey Canada executive director Steve Yzerman and members of Canada’s national men’s team named the roster live on TSN. Keith, who won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, is among the eight defenceman chosen.  Keith is fourth on the Blackhawks in scoring with 42 points in 45 games and is first among all NHL defenceman.

“I would like to congratulate the 25 players nominated today to Canada’s Olympic Team,” said Yzerman in a release. “With the depth of talent in Canada, these players should be very proud of their nomination today and excited about the opportunity that we all have to represent our country in Sochi in February.”

“On behalf of Hockey Canada and its board of directors, I would like to congratulate the players nominated today, as well as all the volunteers, coaches, trainers and officials who helped them get to this level,” said Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson. “I would also like to commend Steve and the management group for their work over the past two years and their diligence under great scrutiny from all Canadians. Canadians should be very proud of this group and the work that they have done leading up to this day.”

The men’s Olympic hockey tournament begins Wednesday, Feb. 12, with Canada’s first game on Feb. 13 against Norway. The tournament culminates with the gold medal game on Feb. 23. In the Olympic preliminary round, Canada also faces off against Austria on Feb. 14 and Finland on Feb. 16. All of those games take place at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi.

Other nations also announced their Olympic men’s hockey teams, including Austria, which named Penticton’s Brian Lebler to it.

The roster is posted on TSN’s website and Lebler is among the 14 forwards.

He suited up in the first Canucks Young Stars tournament in 2010 for the Anaheim Ducks and is now playing professionally in Austria for  Linz EHC. This is the third season for the 6-foot-two, 205-pound  forward.

In 41 games this season, Lebler is third in team scoring with 26 goals and 43 points in 41 games. He played two seasons for the Vees from 2004 to 2006.

The Canada roster is as follows below:

Goaltenders:

Roberto Luongo             Montreal, Que.              Vancouver (NHL)

Carey Price                    Anahim Lake, B.C.         Montreal (NHL)

Mike Smith                     Kingston, Ont.                Phoenix (NHL)

 

Defencemen:

Jay Bouwmeester           Edmonton, Alta.             St. Louis (NHL)

Drew Doughty                London, Ont.                 Los Angeles (NHL)

Dan Hamhuis                 Smithers, B.C.                Vancouver (NHL)

Duncan Keith Penticton, B.C.               Chicago (NHL)

Alex Pietrangelo            King City, Ont.               St. Louis (NHL)

P.K. Subban                   Toronto, Ont.                Montreal (NHL)

Marc-Édouard Vlasic       Montreal, Que.              San Jose (NHL)

Shea Weber                   Sicamous, B.C.               Nashville (NHL)

 

Forwards:

Jamie Benn                    Victoria, B.C.                 Dallas (NHL)

Patrice Bergeron            Sillery, Que.                  Boston (NHL)

Jeff Carter                    London, Ont.                 Los Angeles (NHL)

Sidney Crosby                 Cole Harbour, N.S.         Pittsburgh (NHL)

Matt Duchene                 Haliburton, Ont.             Colorado (NHL)

Ryan Getzlaf                  Regina, Sask.                 Anaheim (NHL)

Chris Kunitz                   Regina, Sask.                 Pittsburgh (NHL)

Patrick Marleau              Aneroid, Sask.               San Jose (NHL)

Rick Nash                      Brampton, Ont.              N.Y. Rangers (NHL)

Corey Perry                   Peterborough, Ont.        Anaheim (NHL)

Patrick Sharp                 Thunder Bay, Ont.          Chicago (NHL)

Steven Stamkos              Unionville, Ont.              Tampa Bay (NHL)

John Tavares                 Oakville, Ont.                N.Y. Islanders (NHL)

Jonathan Toews             Winnipeg, Man.              Winnipeg (NHL)

 

 

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