What was a foregone conclusion is now indeed fact: Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury were selected to Canada’s Olympic hockey team today. It will be the first Olympic experience for both players. Crosby was also named one of three alternate captains, along with Jarome Iginla and Chris Pronger. Scott Niedermayer will be team captain.
While Crosby will no doubt play a large role for the Canadians, it remains to be seen where Fleury fits in. One would assume Martin Brodeur will be the starter. That leaves Fleury and Roberto Luongo to vie for backup.
Jordan Staal, considered a longshot to make the squad, did not make the final cut. Hockey games begin in Vancouver Feb. 16.
Forwards: Crosby, Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim), Dany Heatley (San Jose), Jarome Iginla (Calgary), Patrick Marleau (San Jose), Brenden Morrow (Dallas), Rick Nash (Columbus), Corey Perry (Anaheim), Mike Richards (Philadelphia), Eric Staal (Carolina), Joe Thornton (San Jose), Jonathan Toews (Chicago)
Defensemen: Dan Boyle (San Jose), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim), Chris Pronger (Philadelphia), Brent Seabrook (Chicago), Shea Weber (Nashville)
Goalies: Fleury, Brodeur (New Jersey), Luongo (Vancouver)