The Blackhawks are one of the NHL teams with the most players headed to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Along with the three players joining team Canada and Patrick Kane joining team USA, there are six players joining their European country teams.
Three of them have been called up by team Sweden: Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson. Oduya is a 2010 Olympian while both Kruger and Hjalmarsson will participate in their first Olympics.
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis has been selected to replace injured teammate Steven Stamkos on Canada's roster for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. St. Louis will cap off an impressive year by playing in his second Olympics, having played for Canada in 2006 in Turin, heading to Russia preparing to play his first international tournament since the 2009 IIHF World Championship.
Following the news from Tampa Bay that Stamkos has not been medically cleared to resume playing following his broken leg, the 23-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Olympic squad with his Lightning team-mate, St. Louis, replacing him on the Canadian roster.
Yesterday, Team Canada announced the 47 players invited to attend their orientation camp in August, here is Calgary. With the announcement, the debate on who will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics has begun across the country. Team Canada will look to defend their 2010 Gold medal on a different stage, playing on the bigger ice surface in Sochi. Here is my July edition of Team Canada.