Marleau and Vlasic Picked for Team Canada

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Marleau and Vlasic Picked for Team Canada
Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were each named to play for Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Eleven players from Canada's Olympic gold-medal winning team in Vancouver four years ago have been selected to play in the 2014 Sochi Olympics next month.

Hockey Canada released its highly anticipated 25-man Olympic team roster Tuesday in Toronto, naming goalie Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks); defensemen Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks), Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) and Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings); and forwards Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), Rick Nash (New York Rangers), Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), Corey Perry (Ducks) and Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks) as the returning players from the 2010 team, which defeated the United Statesin the gold-medal game.

The first-time Olympians picked to play for Canada in Sochi are goalies Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) and Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes); forwards John Tavares (New York Islanders), Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning), Chris Kunitz (Penguins), Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings), Patrick Sharp (Blackhawks) and Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars); and defensemen Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues), Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks), P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose Sharks).

Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is returning to the Olympics after failing to make the roster in 2010. He played on Canada's 2006 Olympic team with Nash and Luongo.

The bigger news might be the players who were not selected to go to Sochi. Among them are five players who were on the 2010 team in Vancouver and were invited to Canada's Olympic orientation camp in August: Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes), Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks), Dan Boyle (Sharks), Mike Richards (Kings) and Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks).

Among the other top candidates who did not make the final roster are Martin St. Louis (Lightning), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), Logan Couture (San Jose Sharks), Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers), James Neal (Penguins) and Corey Crawford (Blackhawks).

Couture will have surgery Wednesday to repair an upper-body injury, reportedly his hand. The Sharks are expected to know more about his timetable for a return to the lineup following the procedure.

Here is Canada's 25-man roster:

GOALIES (3)

Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks)

Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)

Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes)

DEFENSEMEN (8)

Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)

Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)

Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)

Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues)

Jay Bouwmeester (St. Louis Blues)

Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose Sharks)

P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)

Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks)

FORWARDS (14)

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)

Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks)

Rick Nash (New York Rangers)

Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)

Patrick Sharp (Chicago Blackhawks)

John Tavares (New York Islanders)

Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks)

Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings)

Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche)

Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars)

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
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12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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