Originally written on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 7/19/13
It is every hockey player's dream to play for their respective nation in the Olympics. Friday, it became official that NHLers would be allowed to play in the twenty-second running of the Olympic Winter Games held in Sochi, Russia. The men's tournament will last from February 12-23.  For the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, six Nashville Predators represented their homeland -- Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Marcel Goc (Germany), Alexander Sulzer (Germany), Ryan Suter (USA) and Shea Weber (Canada).  However, the number of Predators playing in the Olympics in 2014 is expected to go down one or two players. Currently, there are only five who are legitimate options by their native land. Joonas Jarvinen, Admirals defenseman, and Pekka Rinne are considered candidates for a spot on Team Finland's roster. Rinne is a definite shoe-in and is likely to be their number one guy throughout the tournament, but Jarvinen will still have to prove himself. If the selection commitee believes that AHL experience is greater than KHL, he will be an extra or sixth defenseman. Rinne and Jarvinen weren't selected to participate in the 2010 Games, but both have played ten games for Finland in the World Championships. Now to the neighboring country of Sweden, Patric Hornqvist is the only Swedish Predator who was invited to their Pre-Olympic meeting in Stockholm, Sweden August 12-14. Hornqvist has represented Tre Kronor on all levels from U-17 up to the Olympics. In Vancouver, he scored one goal in four games.  Fellow Swedish forwards Filip Forsberg and Viktor Stalberg are not out of the question, but seems to be unlikely since they were uninvited to the meetings. At 18, Forsberg has already played in 68 international games. Stalberg has played for Sweden international twelve times as an adult and three times in the U20 World Juniors. Roman Josi will look to lead Switzerland to at least a bronze medal in ice hockey. After an impressive showing in the 2013 World Championships winning MVP, Josi will look to continue his international success. It is without question he will be playing for the Swiss in Sochi as a top line defenseman paired with Mark Streit.  After winning gold in Vancouver, Shea Weber seeks another one in Russia this time. It is clear that Canada will be the favorites heading into Sochi due to their recent success and weak group. In 2010, it was Weber's shot who went through the net, thus fully showing his true shooting ability. Weber totaled six points (2g, 4a) in seven games for the Canadians. Since Teemu Laakso and Alexander Radulov are technically still part of the Predators' organization -- even though I didn't count them -- they still count. Laakso is a contendor for Finland's defense, while Radulov will definitely be a top six forward for Russia. Want more Olympic Hockey coverage? Follow @OlympicHckyNews now. The site launches in October! (Photo by: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Schilling to return to 'Sunday Night Baseball'

Report: Cardale Jones rushed to hospital with head pain

WATCH: Cubs' Baez swings so hard he falls down

WATCH: Boston host jokes Goodell should be murdered

WATCH: Mets get inside-the-park HR after OF flips over wall

Eli Manning remains unfazed about poor preseason


RG3 thinks 'Concussion' movie will 'make a lot of people mad'

Can Darrius Heyward-Bey replace Martavis Bryant for the first month in Pittsburgh?

Treon Harris to start at QB for Gators’ opening game

Marshawn Lynch campaigning for Seahawks to sign Fred Jackson

Alabama vs. Wisconsin showdown not selling many tickets

Report: Last-minute Deflategate settlement deal very unlikely

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Floyd Mayweather receiving ‘major’ movie offers

Report: Growing discontent between Colts coach, GM

Sam Bradford gets trolled by RG3 in Heisman House ad

Keegan Bradley gets engaged to longtime girlfriend

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Reality has set in for Jerry Jones on Cowboys running backs

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

WATCH: MMA fighter puts attempted robbers in leg lock

The Browns are not the laughing stock they’re made out to be

LSU, McNeese State to honor anniversary of hurricanes Katrina, Rita

Wife of Redskins GM apologizes for nasty tweets about reporter

Doc Rivers jokes Paul Pierce will only play garbage-time minutes

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Why Mike Trout ain't right

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker