Four Sharks Selected for 2014 Winter Olympics

Tuesday, 01.7.2014 / 11:18 AM PT / News
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Four Sharks Selected for 2014 Winter Olympics
Patrick Marleau, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Antti Niemi and Joe Pavelski will play for their respective countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@sanjosesharks) Patrick Marleau (Canada), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (Canada), Antti Niemi (Finland) and Joe Pavelski (USA) have been selected to represent their respective countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics, set to take place in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 7-23. Canada and Finland announced their rosters on Jan. 7 while Team USA announced its roster on Jan. 1.

Marleau helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and was selected to represent his country at four World Championship tournaments (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005), as well as a World Cup (2004). He recorded two goals and three assists in seven Olympic contests in 2010.

This season, the Aneroid, Saskatchewan native leads San Jose in goals (19) and ranks 2nd in points (41). Marleau ranks T-15th in the League in points and T-4th in shots on goal (164).

Vlasic was named to his first Olympic Games after representing Canada at two World Championship tournaments (2009, 2012). The native of Montreal, Quebec, currently ranks 3rd amongst San Jose defensemen in points (16) and 2nd on the team in blocked shots (74). Vlasic ranks 2nd amongst his 2005 draft class in games played (562).

Niemi will be making his first major international tournament appearance. The Vantaa, Finland native currently ranks T-2nd in the League in wins (22) and 1st in minutes played (2,158). Since joining San Jose in 2010-11, Niemi ranks 2nd in the NHL in wins (115) and has recorded 20 or more wins in five straight seasons.

Pavelski will be making his second Olympic appearance, previously helping the United States earn a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (three assists in six games). He was also named to Team USA at the 2009 World Championship tournament.

The native of Plover, Wisconsin currently ranks 2nd on the Sharks in goals (18), T-2nd in assists (22) and 3rd in points (40). Pavelski ranks 18th in the League in points, T-15th in goals and T-6th amongst NHL forwards in blocked shots (42). Since 2007-08, Pavelski ranks 4th amongst all American-born skaters in points (348) in 476 games played.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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