Saturday, 3 August 2013

Habs players possibly heading to the Sochi Games

This season, the NHL is sending their best to participate in the Winter Olympics.  Dating back to the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, this marks the 5th consecutive Olympics NHL players take part in the Olympics (1998/Nagano; 2002/Salt Lake City; 2006/Milan; 2010/Vancouver; 2014/Sochi).

Potentially 10 Canadiens players can be taking part in the Winter Games.

Twelve teams qualified for the ice hockey competition at the Olympics.   Every country are holding an Orientation camps prior to the start of their 2013/14 seasons.  

Team Canada will be holding Camp between August 25- August 28. Two members of the Montreal Canadiens have been asked to attend;  G - Carey Price and 2013 Norris Trophy Winner defenseman P.K. Subban.  

Other members of the Canadiens have also been invited by their respective countries to take part in their orientation camps include defensemen Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov by the Russian Federation.

Team USA have invited forwards Mac Pacioretty and surprisingly sophomore  Alex Galchenyuk.

Some other members of the Canadiens will be a lock to represent their country at the Olympics. They include defenseman Raphael Diaz (Switzerland), goalie Peter Budaj (Slovakia) and forwards Tomas Plekenec (Czech Replublic) and Lars Eller (Denmark).  Eller is by far the best player on his team.  

The Winter Olympics take place between February 7, 2014 to February 23, 2014.  Team Canada is the defending Gold Medal Champions.

-- Mario Perrazzino

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