Duncan Keith gets second selection to Canada's Olympic men's hockey team
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:
Roberto Luongo Montreal, Que. Vancouver (NHL)
Carey Price Anahim Lake, B.C. Montreal (NHL)
Mike Smith Kingston, Ont. Phoenix (NHL)
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)
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)