Olympics Rosters Coming: How Many Blackhawks Will Be in Vancouver?

December 29th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
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Is it time to start a counter for Blackhawks playing in Vancouver this winter?

For reasons beyond me, Sweden passed on Niklas Hjalmarsson over the weekend, which kept the official number of Hawks heading to the Olympics at zero until today.

On Tuesday morning, the Slovak men’s hockey team roster was announced with Blackhawks Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky both on it.

That makes two.

On Wednesday, the final Canadian roster will be announced. Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews both appear to be locks for the squad, and Brent Seabrook seems to be pretty safe to play next to Keith. Patrick Sharp is a dark horse to make the roster because there are so many talented forwards available, but his versatility could make him a solid depth player for Canada to include for the games.

The United States announces their roster on New Year’s Day, and Patrick Kane should be right at the top of that list. Dustin Byfuglien has received some consideration, and given USA Hockey President Brian Burke’s love for big bodies, he could be on the ...

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