Philadelphia Flyers’ Representation At The 2014 Olympics
Philadelphia Flyers' Representation at Olympics
There’s not a lot going on in Philadelphia in terms of the city’s ice hockey team. The Philadelphia Flyers seem pretty happy with their current lineup as it’s almost August and they have not made anymore roster changes. Perhaps Ron Hextall has coaxed Paul Holmgren to not make a panic move. Although, it is not as if the team has the money to be wheeling and dealing right now.
Despite it being a slow news day for hockey, the preliminary camp rosters for the 2014 Sochi Olympics have been released.
Since the Flyers roster is heavily made up of Canadian players, they will not be well represented by Team USA. However, their coach will be there assisting for the American team, and a few players on the roster are on the preliminary rosters of their native countries' teams.
The Olympics are truly an exciting thing for everybody considering that we only see the winter Olympics every four years. As a hockey fan, I prefer the winter portion of the Olympic games, so this year is pretty exciting for me. The Olympics are always interesting since hockey fans can see their favorite players try to make their native country proud. Even though our favorite players may not play for Team USA, that shouldn’t stop any proud Americans from chanting “USA! USA! USA!” once the winter Olympics do begin or for rooting on our favorite players. I’m guilty of doing both.
As we prepare for the Olympics this winter, let’s review which Flyers players will be hitting the ice in their home colors and trying to win the Gold Medal game.
Defenseman Nicklas Grossman is on the roster for his native Sweden. Considering Grossman's defensive clout on the team in the past few seasons, this is not too much of a surprise. If he makes the final roster he could be playing alongside some of the greatest Swedish hockey players in the league.
Head coach Peter Laviolette is most certainly heading to Sochi in 2014, only not as a player. Lavi will be coaching Team USA alongside Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. You know, that coach he tried to fight during a line brawl. A part of me thinks the NHL just wants them to start playing nice.
If defenseman Erik Gustafsson makes the final roster for Team Sweden he could play alongside teammate Nicklas Grossman. It would be cool to have two Flyers defensemen make the team to prove their worth to fans.
Mark Streit has yet to skate on the ice wearing the orange and black sweater, but we're still going to claim him as our own. Streit has the chance to head to Sochi this winter, in a stint with Team Switzerland.
Of course Kimmo Timonen is on the Team Finland roster early on. The 2014 Olympics is why Timonen has not retired yet. A few seasons ago he said he wanted to play for Finland in the Olympics again and he wanted to do that while being a Philadelphia Flyer.