Will the Chicago Blackhawks Suffer from so Many Players Going to Sochi?

January 7th, 2014 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

The number is 10, and depending on how you look at it, that's either a great honor for the Chicago Blackhawks or a potential disaster.

Ten represents the number of Blackhawks who will play for their home countries at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues all have 10 players who will compete in the Olympics, and it's indicative of the overwhelming talent level on those teams.

The breakdown of the Olympians includes Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith playing for Canada. Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus will wear the Slovakian uniform. Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger will play for Sweden. Michal Rozsival will play for the Czech Republic, and Patrick Kane will represent the United States.

“Ten guys! That’s half our roster, pretty cool,” Kane told Chicago Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi. “We sent six to Vancouver. I guess that means we have a good team here in Chicago. And we could have a couple more before it’s over.”

The Blackhawks could have been represented by three more players. Brent Seabrook was a ...

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