With the announcement coming a couple of days ago confirming NHL players being allowed to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics; It is no surprise to see various countries release their Orientation Camp rosters. So far Canada, the USA, Finland, Sweden, and Russia have released their rosters, with more of the less prominent hockey countries to follow in time.
It has already been announced that Bruins’ coach Claude Julien will be a part of Canada’s coaching staff along with Detroit’s Mike Babcock at the helm. Bruins’ General Manager Peter Chiarelli has also been named to Canada’s management as well, but what about the players? Which Bruins were invited to these camps, and which ones are likely to play in the games?
Patrice Bergeron played for Canada in the 2010 Vancouver games, and he took home a gold medal while doing so. It was a bit of a surprise to see Bergy get named to the team given the lack of recognition he has gotten seemingly his whole career. We in Boston knew the type of player he was, so it may not have been a surprise to us, but to the rest of the hockey world it is a different story. Now that he has been invited to Canada’s orientation camp this time around, it comes as no surprise to anyone, as his performance over the last few seasons has elevated his status as one of the game’s elite. Bergeron is a member of the triple gold club (Olympic Gold, World Championship Gold, and a Stanley Cup).
Joining Bergeron at Canada’s orientation camp this time are Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic. To me, Marchy is a bit of a surprise given the fact that every player on Team Canada is usually an elite player. Marchand is great, but his invite surprised me. I think he brings a lot to the table, but I honestly can’t see him getting the nod here to join the team when it is finalized. Despite my surprise, it is still quite the honor for the feisty winger, and it is possible I am underrating him here. It should also be noted that Marchand does have two gold medals with Team Canada from 2007 and 2008 World Juniors.