The Boston Bruins will make up a larger-than-expected chunk of the Canadian national hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
When the NHL takes a break in February for the Games, some of the Bruins’ management and players will not. Those selected to participate with the team are Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. In addition, coach Claude Julien and GM Peter Chiarelli will be part of the coaching and management staff.
For Marchand and Lucic, this will be the first time that they have represented Team Canada in the Olympics. Both have come off several strong seasons with the Bruins. One factor that helps them stand out are the high point totals they registered during the playoffs last season with 19 and 13 respectively. Both are certainly impact players for the Bruins and their play will likely carry over for the winter games.
Bergeron is no stranger to the team himself. He was selected and participated in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, in which he won a gold medal. He was the only representative of the Bruins on Team Canada then.
Coach Julien will be an assistant coach for Team Canada, and his excellent tenure so far as a Bruins coach — which includes a .62 win percentage and a Stanley Cup victory — have earned him a place. Chiarelli has been with Canadian national hockey teams in the past as an Assistant GM. Now he will take on a similar role as an advisor to the team.
Tim N. is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou