After some stalling, Team Canada has finally announced their men’s Olympic roster. While defenseman Drew Doughty was essentially a lock to make the team, the Kingdom received a very pleasant surprise when the Canadian brass announced another name.
Scoring 15 goals and 11 assists in 33 games so far, Canadian GM Steve Yzerman was convinced enough to name fellow King Jeff Carter to the team.
Having narrowly missed the cut of the 2010 team in favour of teammate Mike Richards, Carter’s addition should leave him will a great deal of perseverance. Conversely, Richards might be disappointed not having the chance to help defend his country’s gold medal next month in Sochi. Nevertheless, this is a great day for Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter as well as the Los Angeles Kings organization which will now see six of their players participate in the upcoming Winter Games.
Aside from his numbers this season (six goals, seven assists in 43 games, +13 rating), Drew Doughty has already established himself as one of the premier defensemen in the league and now, with Scott Niedermayer retired and Chris Pronger likely to never play again, Doughty was one of the easier choices for Team Canada’s blueline.
As thrilled as I am for Doughty, however, I am even more so for Carter whose chances or cracking the Canadian squad were fairly minimal which is nothing against Carter but a testament to how deep the Canadians are up front. Not only is this great news for the Kings organization but just as great for the city of London, Ontario, where both men hail from.
But the team has finally been named and both Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter will be there in Sochi representing the Kingdom.
Congratulations to both men.