5 Chicago Blackhawks That Should Be Playing For Team Canada In The Olympics
5 Chicago Blackhawks That Should Play For Team Canada
For for any country, the Olympics are a not just a set of games and competitions that put the best athletes from around the world in competition with each other, it is one of the biggest and most extravagant showings of national pride, regardless of what country you come from.
While we are lucky enough to witness Olympic sport every two years, we are only graced with the presence of the Winter Olympics every four years. For me, the winter games have always held a special place in my heart. Watch the movie Miracle, and you will catch my drift, if you don’t already.
So, with that in mind, I began to look at the Chicago Blackhawks and contemplate which of these individuals I might see out on the ice for their respective countries in Sochi. Since a large majority of the team is Canadian, I decided to determine which players I think Team Canada would do well to borrow from the Blackhawks for the duration of the winter games.
It is interesting that these players, who may not be from America by birth, have become a part of our culture and have contributed to the pride we feel regarding our different sports teams. It is unique that the olympics, while pinning these individuals against one another, can also unite them in a spirit of sportsmanship.
The winter games are also an opportunity for these athletes to shine and to inspire young athletes to dream of growing up to one day represent their country.
While we will not know the official team lists until after the Winter Classic, here are my predictions of the Blackhawks that we could see out on the ice for Team Canada.
5. Brent Seabrook
Brent Seabrook may not be a standout star for the Chicago Blackhawks, but he is regularly paired with Duncan Keith as a strong and consistent defensemen. Seabrook has recorded an impressive 24 assists on the season and always proves himself in clutch situations.
4. Duncan Keith
Duncan Keith is the man when it comes to defense for the Blackhawks. He is a pretty large and in charge guy, and always gets the job done from wherever he is out on the ice. He currently sits with a team high of 33 assists on the season, as well as three goals. He knows how to be there for his teammates out on the ice and knows how to play the games defensively.
3. Corey Crawford
While Corey Crawford has missed a fair amount of games recently for the Blackhawks, he will soon be back in action. His performance in last year's playoffs has no doubt gone unnoticed, and he would be an incredibly strong force for Team Canada as a net minder, with a 2.47 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
2. Patrick Sharp
There is no question that Patrick Sharp is a big name for the Blackhawks this season. To say it short and sweet, Sharp just scored his third career hat trick Friday night against the Colorado Avalanche and sits 19 goals and 21 assists on the season.
1. Jonathan Toews
Captain Serious is an amazing player, and he started showing his talent from a very young age. There is no doubt in my mind that the guy who has been at the helm of two Stanley Cup championships within four NHL seasons will be selected to represent Team Canada in the upcoming winter games.