When it comes to Olympic competition, there is no greater pressure than on the men who will be wearing Hockey Canada jerseys during the Olympic games.

For those who do not understand what the sport means to Canada, the only way to really compare would be to watch the World Cup of Soccer every four years. Many European countries via to be the top country in the world when it comes to that sport.

By no mean is hockey as large a sport worldwide as soccer (futbol), but in Canada there is no sport that compares to the volume and fanfare that hockey thrives on.

Canada captured it's first gold medal after 50 years in 2002. Prior to 1998, professionals were not allowed to compete in the Olympics, but after many years of blood, swear, and tears, it was finally allowed.

This year, the pressure is much higher for the Olympic team. The 2010 Olympic games will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia. No Canadian in any event has ever won an Olympic Gold Medal on home soil. The constant pressure to succeed on all levels is high enough, but this is the highest it can possibly get.

Vancouver 2010 will indeed be a pressure cooker for all players competing for the Gold Medal.


Martin Brodeur - Montreal, Quebec
Marc-Andre Fleury - Montreal, Quebec
Roberto Luongo - Montreal, Quebec

There is no other country in hockey that has the depth of goaltending that Canada has.

It would be very surprising to see anyone other than Martin Brodeur starting for Canada. While Fleury and Luongo are both capable goal tenders and have experienced lots of success with their careers, neither has won as much and as often on every level in hockey as Brodeur. Brodeur was the goalie in net that saw Canada capture their first gold medal in 50 years.


Dan Boyle - Ottawa, Ontario
Drew Doughty - London, Ontario
Duncan Keith - Penticton, BC
Scott Neidermayer - Cranbrook, BC
Chris Pronger - Dryden, Ontario
Brent Seabrook - Tsawassen, BC
Shea Weber - Sicamous, BC

The defense for Team Canada is a bit surprising for some.

While there are some obvious choices with Neidermayer, Pronger, and Boyle, the inclusions of young defencemen such as Doughty, Keith, Seabrook, and Weber will be question by some. This is possibly the start of a changing of the guard for Canadian hockey as there have never been so many strong young defencemen in hockey as there are in the NHL currently. Even with the youth movement, the veteran leadership on the blue line and the two way play of all the selections will be very tough for any team to handle during the Olympic tournament. Scott Neidermayer was named captain of the team during the announcement.


Patrice Bergeron - Sillery, Quebec
Sidney Crosby - Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
Ryan Getzlaf - Regina, Saskatchewan
Dany Heatley - Calgary, Alberta
Jarome Iginla - St. Albert, Alberta
Patrick Marleau - Aneroid, Saskatchewan
Brendan Morrow - Carlyle, Saskatchewan
Rick Nash - Brampton, Ontario
Corey Perry - London, Ontario
Mike Richards - Kenora, Ontario
Eric Stall - Thunder Bay, Ontario
Joe Thornton - St. Thomas, Ontario
Jonathan Taews - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Again, a few surprises but overall as solid a lineup as one could have for the Olympics.

Sidney Crosby, Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Dany Heatly, and Jarome Iginla have been locks for the team since the Olympics were announced. The rest of the forwards, not so much.

The youth movement isn't as apparent with the forwards, but undoubtedly the mix of skill and two-way play is much like the defensemen, hard to beat. The main surprises of the selections are Patrice Bergeron and Brenden Morrow, but if the selections were dug deeper, there are no better two-way forwards than those two.

The size, strength, skill, and experience of Team Canada will easily be the favourite during the Olympic Games, but the real challenge is the enormous pressure placed upon them during the tournament itself.

Can a 20-year-old Drew Doughty handle the pressure on the worlds biggest stage? Can a 37-year-old Martin Brodeur continue his legacy as the premier goal tender in the world? Can 22-year-old hockey prodigy Sidney Crosby grab center stage and be the best player in the world?

February will definitely be a pressure cooker in Vancouver.