Pittsburgh Penguins’ forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz have reportedly been named to Team Canada for the upcoming Winter Games – according to the Pens’ website.
For Crosby, this will be his second Olympics. In his first Winter Games, he scored the game-winning goal against Team USA for the gold medal. Kunitz will be making his Olympic debut.
Crosby is having a dominating campaign thus far with Pittsburgh. Leading the entire NHL in scoring with 63 points (23G, 40A), he’s guided the Pens to a first-place ranking in the Eastern Conference and is clearly the frontrunner for the Hart Trophy (league MVP).
While Crosby’s Team Canada roster spot was inevitable, Kunitz, who’s having a fantastic season, was debatable. Although Pens’ fans would think Kunitz deserved to be an automatic lock due to how well he plays with Crosby and his current stat-line, Canada had a lot of top-tier players to choose from.
In 44 games this season, Kunitz has collected 47 points (23G, 24A) and skated to an amazing plus-22 rating – which ranks second in the league. His 11 power play tallies have him ranked second in the league, one behind Capitals’ forward Alexander Ovechkin.
Rightfully so, Kunitz deserved this honor, and will more than likely play alongside Crosby when the Games start in February.