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Here are all 12 Olympic hockey rosters for Sochi

Jan 7, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT


The 12 teams competing for gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — Canada, U.S., Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Norway, Latvia, Switzerland and Austria — have all submitted their 25-man rosters.

To make things easy for you, dearest PHT readers, we’ve decided to post them all here:

Group A: USA (snubs), Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia

Group B: Canada (snubs), Finland, Norway, Austria

Group C: Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia

Play will begin on Feb. 12 with the Czech Republic taking on Sweden in the tournament-opening game. All 12 teams qualify for the playoff round, with the group winners and top second-place team earning automatic berths into the quarterfinals.

The playoff round will be played on Feb. 18, the quarterfinals on Feb. 19. The semis will be played on Feb. 21, the bronze medal game on the 22nd and the gold medal match on the 23rd.

  1. btlpper68 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    WHERES…. BISSONNETTE!!!!!??!??

  2. JoeAvg - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Gonna be a helluva a ride! Let the games begin.

  3. greej1938l - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    My first time seeing the grouping. Fair to say USA doesn’t have a cakewalk?

    • jpelle82 - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      no doubt. somebody had to have the tougher group though since i think we all agree there’s 4 legit contenders (can/rus/usa/swe).

      • kingcobraman - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        USA a contender …. hahahahahahaha not these games….

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        I’d say there are 6 teams who could medal. Canada, Russia, USA, Sweden, Finland, and Czech Rep. Switzerland and Slovakia are teams that could be a sleeper team (not likely to medal, but could knock out any of the 6 mentioned teams.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:54 AM

        USA may contend for a medal, but they’d have to hope for an upset – theirs or Canada/Russia somehow losing.

        Looking at the possible roster team USA could have had, I’d have them as a contender for silver, but as picked, I’m lowering my hopes to bronze.

    • brockohol - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Yeah…slightly tougher than the others. A week ago I would have said C was the toughest but after the Czech team came out with their ridiculous roster, I think SWE has the easiest road. I know the SWZ team was tough to play against in 10 but they won’t catch anyone by surprise this year.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        As ridiculous as the Czech roster may be, you have to remember they are fielding a team, not an All-Star Game roster. You need to have players that will do the dirty work. Something that superstars (in their minds) have zero desire to do.

      • brockohol - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Oh please…is Nedved going to play on the checking line?

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Surprised to see Andreas nodl not make the Austrian team

  5. brockohol - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    I’m a little surprised at how much “love” RUS/SWE and some others are getting compared to CAN/US in terms of the “on paper” rosters. Obviously no one knows how well these eams will come together and perform but based off of what we know now, Clearly the CAN/US rosters top to bottom are in another world compared to any other with CAN being in another galaxy. There are players on most of the European rosters that wouldn’t even sniff the CAN/US rosters. With the exception of Karlson (maybe Eck-Lar, Markov) none of RUS/SWE Dmen would sniff the North American rosters.

    When guys who are leading point scores in the best league in the world are not good enough for your team (Ryan, Thornton, Okposso, St. Louis, Neal, etc…) you can’t tell me that teams with guys I have never heard of are a favorite to win.

    With all of that said, it’s going to be awesome. As Bart Scott would say…CAN’T WAIT!!!!

    • brockohol - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      Forgot Kronwall…he’s the man. but again, what CAN starter on D would you take him over?

      My main point to the entire post was that how can you justify saying that a team that may be putting out a line of Soin/Popov/Kokarev or Sifverberg/Kruger/Ericsson be “favored” over a team whose worst line may consist of Sharp/Bergeron/Carter? Again…on paper. Who knows how these teams will come together. Well, we all know how idiotic the Czech team is, but other than that.

      I’m not saying that SWE/RUS/FIN can’t or won’t win. Just saying based on what we know now, how is any team favored over US or CAN?

      • bgnd91 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Because since NHL players began competing, neither Canada nor the U.S. have medaled in the two Olympics held outside North America. It’s a different game, a different style. And don’t even try to tell me that Russia isn’t going to play balls to the wall every second of every game to try and win on home ice.

      • brockohol - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Good point on the NA teams playing overseas…but I will say I think that the depth of players on some of the Euro teams this year , particularly FIn and Czech, is way down from years past.

        But again, point was based solely “on paper”. You can make all the arguments you want in terms of motivation, cohesiveness, international play experience, big ice experience, etc…and they may all be very valid points. But they are what they are…theoretical points. Theoretically the Russians will play hard in front of the home crowds, theoretically Czech and Swedish players will be better suited for play on the bigger ice, etc…or I could say that theoretically the Russians will be under too much pressure, but I won’t say that because its just a theory

        However, when I’m just going down the list of the best players in the world and checking them off these teams, the Euro teams start getting a little light in the britches after that second line

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:20 AM

        While USA and Canadian teams have not done well on the big ice since NHL’s were added, what that purely historical assessment misses is have those picking the teams learned from the past failures of picking rosters based on NHL play?

        I really think team Canada did, USA somewhat (I think the Pens D pair is suspect on the bigger ice). I also suspect those Picking team USA did not put enough emphasis on points, shooting %, and dare I say it, advanced stats?.

    • micasa81 - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      The “stacked lineup” viewpoint just doesn’t pan out as much as you think, though. For one thing, it’s been shown time and again in the Olympics that you really don’t need to have 4 lines that can light up the scoreboard. Maybe the SWE/RUS lineups start looking a bit thin in comparison to USA/CAN by the 3rd or 4th lines, but a) most of us NHL watchers don’t realize how good the hockey is in Europe, meaning that unrecognized name doesn’t equal a vastly inferior player; and b) in the Olympics (as opposed to the NHL playoffs), all you need are reasonably OK 3rd and 4th lines that are dedicated to shutting down the guys they’re out against, because the top 2 lines (which are for the most part the equals of the deeper team’s top 2 lines) will get the hell played out of them. And I won’t even go into the NA teams’ disadvantage on IIHF ice, which has been mentioned by others.

      You’re also getting some disagreement because of your comment that CAN is in another galaxy talent-wise. Compare it to the USA, and (it pains me to say, as a Canadian) there simply isn’t a huge amount of difference. The one thing that sets Canada apart is that it’s probably the only country that could field two complete teams, either of which would have a legit chance of winning gold. That, of course, is a pointless discussion, and the real point here is that while Canada has more than enough really good talent, they don’t have as much out-of-this-world talent as they used to – think Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Dryden, etc.

      • brockohol - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Regardless, none of our opinions matter until the games starts but you obviously make good sound points. I’m not saying CAN/US will win…just that if your doing predictions the same way you would any preseason of any sport, they just have to be 1 and 2.

        And of course some of the players playing in euro leagues are good players. But let’s face it, with the exception of maybe 5 players…there are not too many guys over there who could cut it in the NHL at a high level but just decided to play in KHL or wherever in Europe. The best players come to the NHL period and I’m not buying the joe blow playing on the finish checking line is as good a player as Patrick Marleau or whatever player you want to compare them to on the NA teams.

        Just because the top lines on RUS are just as good as US/CAN doesn’t matter when that 3rd or 4th line gets out there against Crosby or really any CAN line combo you can imagine. You can play Ovechkin and Malkin 30 minutes a game but CAN has 12 guys on the same or very close to that same level.

        As an American, I disagree about CAN being soooo much better than every other team…they are. Every single player is unbelievable and they can all play a number of roles. Go America! But CAN is way better

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Country’s are fielding a team, not an All-Star Game roster. There are reasons why Ryan, Thornton, Okposso, etc. didn’t get picked. Not only do you need players that can score, you need to have players do the dirty work that 3rd and 4th line players do. Something that possibly these snubs don’t do well or have zero desire to do.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:27 AM

        And it’s also a question of who was picked for that role. Brandon Saad is a good skater, good 2 way player, big, willing to go to the corners and net, good hands/passer. More goals than D Brown has points, 2 1/2 x better shooting %. Player on the rise vs one starting his decline.

  6. jhaegs - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM


  7. jhaegs - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Does anyone know how many players from each NHL team made it? The Blues have a total of 10 players in the Olympics (if Steen is healthy). Let’s just hope USA brings home the gold and no one gets seriously injured- still a lot of hockey to be played!

    • jhaegs - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      (Oh, and Hitchcock) 😉

    • brockohol - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Hawks, Detroit also with 10.

      Its cool seeing all of your teams players make it…but as a Blues fan, I know good and well one of the ten guys is going to get hurt. And as much as I want US to win a gold, the Cup coming to St. Louis is more important. Plus 7 of the 10 are playing for other countries

      “Most of you will go to Vietnam. Some of you will not come back.” Sgt Hartman

      • jhaegs - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        As a Blues fan, the cup is more important to me, but I wonder if the players feel differently…

  8. jacketsfan7 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    I’m starting to think Sweden has a great chance at winning gold

  9. hockeydon10 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Gold: Sweden
    Silver: USA
    Bronze: Canada

    Russia could surprise, but that defense looks a little thin.

    • canadaeh6 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Gold: Canada
      Silver: Russia
      Bronze: Sweden
      4th: USA
      5th: Finland
      6th: Czech

  10. endusersolutions2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    Medal round picks
    A. USA, Russia
    B. Canada, Finland
    C. Sweden, Switzerland

    • thailer35 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Czech instead of Switzerland

  11. canadaeh6 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    I believe that in this tournament there are a solid 5 contenders, Them being Finland, Canada, USA, Russia and Sweden! Canada is going to have a very strong offensive team as usual led by Sidney Crosby, Rick Nash, Steven Stamkos etc. The real problem is going to be the goaltending for them, not one of there goalies has won a stanley, leaving Corey Crawford out of the mix. As for Russia when you have The Great 8 (Alex Ovechkin), Pavel Datsyuk, and Ilya Kovalchuk you can deny they will have a very good chance to win the tournament. In my view the US won’t finish top 2 this year. I see them placing 3-5th place due too ridiculous behaviour of the coach Brian Burke, Bobby Ryan not making the team, and weaker goaltending then usual! Even if you don’t think that Bobby Ryan should make the team, you can’t go and make the guy look like an idiot, when a guy or two is injured for the US and Burke needs Ryan, He’ll be sorry!

  12. badgerhockey77 - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    It is entirely possible that USA won’t even make it out of the group. Slovakia is the key game. They lose that, and they’re done. Pretty harsh draw for the 2010 silver medalists. USA got stuck in the hardest group. Meanwhile, Canada’s group is a friggin’ joke. Norway and Austria?! Seriously??? Two teams that have no business being in the Olympics. Canada could play shorthanded and still win. Canada will have three easy games to find their chemistry and get rolling. HUGE advantage for them…as if they needed it. I don’t know why so many are writing off Russia. Yah, their defense is laughable on paper. But, home cooking could make up for that. They’ll have a chip on their shoulder after getting curb stomped by Canada last time around. Russia will get Silver at the very least I think.

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