THN picks Team Canada, USA
Are we tired of these lists yet? This week’s issue of The Hockey News picks Team Canada and Team USA, both of which will officially be named early next week.
Goal: Brodeur, Joseph, Turco
Defence: Blake, Foote, Niedermayer, Phaneuf, Pronger, Redden, Regehr
Forward: Crosby, Draper, Gagne, Heatley, Iginla, Lecavalier, Richards, Sakic, Smyth, Spezza, Staal, St. Louis, Thornton
Notables left off: Luongo, Jovanovski, McCabe, Bertuzzi, Doan (who isn’t even listed as receiving consideration).
Goal: DiPietro, Esche, Miller
Defence: Chelios, Hatcher, Leetch, Leopold, Martin, Rafalski, Schneider
Forward: Dustin Brown, Cole, Connolly, Conroy, Drury, Gionta, Guerin, Halpern, Knuble, Langenbrunner, Modano, Rolston, Tkachuk
Notables left off: Grahame, Mara, Liles, Amonte, Roenick, Leclair, Weight, Gomez.
THN doesn’t offer up any explanation for why Jovanovski doesn’t make the cut, and for Gomez, one of the NHL’s best playmakers, the reasoning reads, “...if he’s not scoring, what is he doing?” Gomez in on pace for 23 goals this season, his best total ever.
For the most part, the lists are a good representation of who will be there, but I’d be shocked to not see Jovanovski and Gomez included on their respective teams.