The men's Team Canada hockey roster will compete for the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. However you shouldn't forget about a quick Swedish team or a talented Russian squad. These are teams that can break many hearts and dreams in a country that always strives for perfection on a cold and icy surface. This is only my opinion today and I'm sure it will change before the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The 2nd line will be centered by Ryan Getzlaf. On his wing will be the disgruntled forward Danny Heatley and the undersized Martin St.Louis. This is getting difficult. However having Mike Richards center the 3rd line was an easy decision. I think in 2014 he will wear the C. He is quickly becoming one of the greatest leaders in the NHL. With his teammate Jeff Carter and Shane Doan, this line may be the secret weapon many Canadians hope for. Finishing with the 4th line we have a man that could lead the tournament in points.
Joe Thornton will stand in the middle of two brothers named Stall. Eric and Jordan have played together as boys and we all hope as men they can bring gold back to Canada. I will give the C to Scott Niedermayer but my sentimental choice would have to be Jarome Iginla. I will also have to add Jonathan Toews in the mix as a shootout specialist. Remember the World Juniors. Patrick Marleau and Brenden Morrow will also have a great shot to make Team Canada if they are playing well before the start of the Olympic Games.
After you face Scott Niedermayer and Jay Bouwmeester it doesn't get easier for opposing wingers. Just imagine you now have to go into the boards with the likes of Chris Pronger or try to keep up with the league's best young defenseman in Duncan Keith. For the 3rd line pairing we will have Robyn Regehr and Dan Boyle. A man that can knock you down to a lesser man, while the other can anchor a devastating powerplay.
Now let's get into the heart of this debate and select the players that will be showing the world that hockey in this country is not just about physicality but about talent. My 1st line center will have to be the great Sidney Crosby. Please don't try to disagree. On the wings will be two perennial goal scorers that will find opportunities to do what they do best. Rick Nash and Jarome Iginla will enjoy playing with the greatest playmaker of today's game. A pair that not only has size but emotion.
Let's start with the men behind the mask. As the starting goaltender I will select Martin Brodeur. He has proven he can win big games and make men from any country shake their head at his brilliance. Roberto Luongo could easily take the starting position away from Brodeur. Especially in this home town. But he will be our backup along with Marc-Andre Fleury. A man who is quickly becoming one of the greatest young goalies in the NHL. For our top D-line we have paired a veteran leader with a Calgary Flame that is one of the brightest talents in the NHL today.
For Canadian hockey fans this is a debate that has been going on for months. This debate gets more coverage on Canadian sports shows then any other sport. In this country hockey is not just a game but a passion. Canadians take the game of hockey very seriously and they always strive to be the best in the world. That is why the selection of 2010 Team Canada Hockey roster will be debated until the first puck drops in Vancouver. In a place where the ice is not only used to freshen up a drink, but has become a platform for men who dream of becoming legendary. The choices are numerous and the depth of talent can be overwhelming for any sports fan to select from. With only 23 spots open, the coaches for Team Canada have a lot to think about over the coming months. But for now we will let you into an average sports fans' mind, and play the role of Steve Yzerman for just one day.