Two-time gold medalist Sidney Crosby was one of three players named Monday to Canada’s initial roster for the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain, fellow center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo of the Vegas Golden Knights were named by Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong.
Canada opens the Feb. 9-20 men’s ice hockey competition against Germany on Feb. 10.
Sidney Crosby named to Team Canada
Crosby, 34, won gold medals in 2010 and 2014.
“It goes without saying that Sid is Sid, Connor is Connor, and Alex has got a wealth of experience from the [2014 Sochi Olympics] team to the [World Cup of Hockey 2016] team to the captain of a Stanley Cup champion (St. Louis Blues in 2019),” Armstrong said Friday. “Those guys are at the top of their game in the League too, and they’re proven winners.”NHL.com
NHL players did not participate in 2018, when Russia defeated Germany for the gold medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
An alternate captain in his Olympic debut in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada, Crosby scored the game-winning overtime goal in the final against the United States. In 2014, he captained his team to a second straight victory with an undefeated run in Sochi, Russia.
Pietrangelo, 31, won gold at Sochi in 2014, while the 24-year-old McDavid will be making his Winter Games debut.
Team Canada to be led by Jon Cooper
Two-time defending Stanley Cup champion coach Jon Cooper will lead Canada’s men’s ice hockey team in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
“It is an honor to be entrusted with leading Canada’s men’s Olympic team next year in Beijing, and to be able to carry on the rich tradition of hockey excellence that is associated with Hockey Canada,” said Cooper, a British Columbia native who coaches the back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
He will be assisted by a trio of veteran coaches — Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, Vegas Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer and New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz.
“The opportunity to work with an excellent management group and an elite-level coaching staff of Barry, Bruce and Peter is a great privilege,” said Cooper.
–Field Level Media