The NHL and its Players’ Association agreed today to allow its players to represent their home countries in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia. The Chicago Blackhawks will have their fair share heading to the games, whether fans want to see them overseas or not.
Here is a list of who will go, should go, and could go to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Jonathan Toews (CAN), Patrick Kane (USA), Corey Crawford (CAN), Duncan Keith (CAN), Marcus Kruger (SWE), Niklas Hjalmarsson (SWE), Johnny Oduya (SWE), Marian Hossa (SVK)
The core of the Blackhawks will be in Sochi. Toews, Kane, Keith, Oduya, and Hossa are carryovers from their 2010 national teams, and it is expected that Kruger, Hammer, and Crawford will join their countrymen. Crow is the longest shot of the locks, but if you can name a hotter goalie for Hockey Canada, I’d be shocked.
Brent Seabrook (CAN), Michal Handzus (SVK), Michal Rozsival (CZE), Patrick Sharp (CAN)
Seabrook played with Keith for a portion of the 2010 game...