It’s been over two years since Canada won gold at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, which was their second straight Olympic triumph as they also captured the 2010 tournament in Vancouver. They’ve since won another major international event featuring mostly NHL players by winning the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto this fall. Now’s a good time to look back at the 25-man roster of the 2014 Sochi team and rank them. Some of these players have also won Stanley Cups and others have won major NHL individual awards.
The rankings are based on the players’ careers up to now, their current form, and future potential rather than their individual performances in Sochi. Thirteen of the 25 were also named to the recent World Cup roster and all but one of them is still playing in the NHL. Martin St. Louis is the only player who has retired since the Olympics. There’s a good chance that about 10 to 15 of these players will one day end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame if their careers continue along the same path.
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25 Mike Smith
Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes was the third goaltender named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team roster, but he didn’t appear in the tournament. The 34-year-old, who has scored an NHL goal, was drafted by Dallas with the 161st pick back in 2001 and has also played with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Smith was rated as one of the league’s best goalies a few years ago and that’s why he was taken to Sochi. He’s appeared in 421 career games up to now and has won 177 of them. His career goals-against average stood at 2.67 heading into the new season with a 91.2 save percentage and 30 shutouts. He’s also won 10 of his 19 career playoff games with a GAA of 1.88 in the postseason and a 94.5 save percentage with three shutouts. He struggled in the 2014-15 season with a 3.16 GAA, but bounced back well last year when he lowered it to 2.64.
24 Dan Hamhuis
Dan Hamhuis, a 34-year-old defenceman with the Dallas Stars, went pointless in his five appearances at the Sochi Olympics. However, he’s chipped in with 55 goals and 250 assists for 305 points in 877 NHL encounters with 21 points in 62 playoff games. Hamhuis was drafted 12th overall by the Nashville Predators in 2001 and played six seasons there before heading to the west coast to play another half dozen campaigns with the Vancouver Canucks before joining the Stars this year. Hamhuis has played several international tournaments with Canada including two IIHF World Junior Championships and four World Championships and has won a pair of gold medals at the senior event. Hamhuis won’t be mistaken for a hall of famer, but he’s a solid blueliner whose best offensive season came back in the 2011-12 campaign when he scored 37 points in 82 games. Hamhuis is a fine plus-83 for his NHL career.
23 Marc-Edouard Vlasic
San Jose Sharks’ defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is another player who often goes unnoticed by the fans, but he’s been a solid player since breaking in with the club in 2006-07. He’s not known as a high-scoring defenceman, but is appreciated by his coaches for his efforts in his own end of the rink. Vlasic still had a decent output of 227 points in 743 NHL games with another 26 in 108 playoff encounters. He’s rated at a plus-124 in his career, but his 39 points last season showed he can also chip in offensively. Vlasic went pointless in his six games in Sochi and was a plus-3. The 29-year-old has also represented his country at the IIHF World Championships and was a member of this year’s Canadian squad that won the World Cup of Hockey. The Montreal-born defenceman was drafted 35th overall by the Sharks in 2006 after a fine junior career with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.
22 Patrick Marleau
Veteran left-winger Patrick Marleau has been skating with the san Jose Sharks ever since his rookie season back in 1997-98. Heading into this season, he had played 1,411 NHL games with 1,036 points to his name on 481 goals and 555 assists, meaning he should reach the 500-goal milestone some time this season. The 37-year-old, who’s known for his fine leadership qualities and is a former captain of the Sharks, has also scored 65 goals and 51 assists for 116 points in 171 playoff contests. Marleau represented Canada at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympics and chipped in with four assists in six games in Sochi. He’s also played in four IIHF World Championships and won a silver and gold medal. The speedy Marleau leads San Jose’s all-time franchise list in goals scored, power play markers, even strength goals, points, and games played after being drafted second overall in 1997. He’s also been nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy twice in his career.
21 Jeff Carter
Centre Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings is another player who did well at the Sochi Olympics with three goals and two assists in his six games. He’s won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Kings after playing in Philadelphia and Columbus earlier in his career. The 31-year-old led the Flyers in scoring back in 2008-09 with 46 goals and was runner up in the league in that department. He also added 38 assists for a career-best 84 points and played in the NHL All Star Game that season. Carter broke into the NHL in the 2005-06 season and has broken the 20-goal barrier seven times, the 30-goal mark twice and the 40-goal plateau once. He entered the 2016-17 campaign with 307 goals and 277 assists to his name for 586 points in 795 games with another 74 points in 116 postseason encounters. Carter is known as a fine defensive forward as well and is a plus-71 for his career. He also won gold with Canada at the under-18, under-20 levels.
20 Chris Kunitz
Chris Kunitz is one of the NHL’s most underrated players and has enjoyed a very successful career up to now. The left-winger broke into the league at the age of 24 with Anaheim back in 2003-04 and then spent the next season in the AHL. He played with the Ducks until 2008-09 and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2006-07. Kunitz joined the Pittsburgh Penguins towards the end of the 2008-09 season and won another Stanley Cup. He then had his name engraved on the trophy for a third time as the Penguins won the championship again last season. Kunitz is now 37 and entered the new season with 551 points to his name in 813 games along with another 81 points in 141 playoff contests. Kunitz chipped in with a goal in six games at the Sochi Olympics. Kunitz has five 20-goal or more seasons in the NHL and had his best year in 2013-14 with 35 goals and 33 assists.
19 Patrick Sharp
Left-winger Patrick Sharp of the Dallas Stars made a name for himself in the NHL as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Sharp broke into the league with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003-04 and found himself in the Windy City in 2005-06. Sharp helped the Hawks win three Stanley Cups before he was traded to Dallas in time for the 2015-16 season. He also won a Calder Cup as AHL champion with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004-05. Sharp’s 35 years old now, but chipped in with 20 goals and 35 assists last season. He scored one goal in five games in the 2014 Olympics and entered the current NHL campaign with 581 points in 821 games. He had also racked up 87 points in 142 playoff encounters. Sharp’s best season was 2013-14 when he scored 34 goals and 44 assists.
18 Jay Bouwmeester
Defenceman Jay Bouwmeester of the St. Louis Blues is another solid, but underrated NHL veteran. He played in three World Junior Championships, won two gold medals at the IIHF World Championships as well as gold at the 2004 World Cup, 2014 Olympics, and the 2016 World Cup. As you can see he’s a regular for Canadian at just about every big tournament. The 33-year-old debuted with the Florida Panthers in 2002-03 and also spent three and a half seasons in Calgary before moving to St. Louis in 2012-13. He’s not really known for his scoring prowess as Bouwmeester has contributed 376 points in his first 900+ games and had one assist in the Sochi Olympics. He’s added just six assists in 38 playoff contests and will reach the 1,000 game milestone early in the 2016-17 season. Bouwmeester’s reputation has been built on a steady defensive game with the odd attacking foray in the opponents’ zone.
17 Corey Perry
Anaheim Ducks’ winger Corey Perry helped the club win the 2006-07 Stanley Cup and has represented Canada at several international tournaments. These include winning gold medals at the IIHF World Juniors and World Championships along with a pair of Olympic Games triumphs and this fall’s World Cup of Hockey. The 31-year-old also won both the Hart Memorial and Rocket Richard Trophies in 2011 for being named the league’s most valuable player and top goalscorer. He had a career-best 50 goals and 48 assists that season. Perry made his NHL debut in 2005-06 and has played 810 games since then with 669 points to his name. The sometimes chippy player has also served 942 minutes in penalties. Perry usually lifts his game to another level in the playoffs and has scored 78 points in 97 postseason outings. He’s also responsible in his own end of the ice with a plus-94 rating. Perry had one assist in six 2014 Olympic games after scoring eight points at the 2010 Games.
16 Alex Pietrangelo
St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo has been patrolling the blue line with the club since earning a regular spot in 2010-11. The former fourth-overall draft pick in 2008 won gold medals at the 2009 World Junior Championships as well as the Sochi Olympics and this year’s World Cup of Hockey. He was also named the top blueliner at the 2010 World Juniors and 2011 IIHF World Championship. The 26-year-old recorded one assist in six games in Sochi. He entered the 2016-17 NHL campaign with 459 games under his belt and a total of 255 points on 51 goals and 204 assists. He’s also chipped in with 22 points in 46 playoff games. Pietrangelo is a plus-54 so far in his career and has shown he’s a fine player in the offensive end of the rink too. His best season points-wise was back in 2011-12 and 2013-14 when he registered 51 points each campaign.
15 Patrice Bergeron
Centre Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins is a veteran of two Olympic Games as he also played in Vancouver in 2010. He won the IIHF World Juniors, the World Championships, and was a member of the World Cup of Hockey team this fall. Bergeron cracked the Bruins’ lineup in 2003-04 and scored 39 points, but spent the next year with Providence of the AHL. He had 61 points in 68 games there and was back in Beantown to stay the next season. He struggled a little at the Olympics with just three assists in 13 outings. However, he entered the 2016-17 NHL campaign with 618 points in 820 games with another 66 points in 95 playoff games. Bergeron helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2010-11. He scored seven points in this year’s World Cup of Hockey, but missed the start of the new season due to injury. He’s scored more than 30 goals three times and had four other seasons with over 20 goals. Bergeron has won the Frank Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward on three occasions.
14 Ryan Getzlaf
Anaheim Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf chipped in with a goal and two assists at the 2014 Olympics and also represented Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and the 2010 Olympics. In fact, he’s also helped Canada win gold at the under-18 and World Juniors as well. The 31-year-old has played his entire NHL career with the Ducks since being drafted 19th overall in 2003. He’s played in three All-Star Games and led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup in 2006-07. Getzlaf is probably known more for his playmaking ability and holds the Anaheim franchise record for assists in a season with 66. He’s finished the season with more than 20 goals on four occasions and in 2013-14 had a career high of 31. Getzlaf entered the 2016-17 campaign with 221 goals and 520 assists for 741 points in 787 games and also has 99 points in 104 postseason contests.
13 Matt Duchene
Twenty-five-year-old centre Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche was drafted third overall in 2009 and earned a spot on the roster the same year. Duchene scored 24 goals and 31 assists as a rookie and had 377 points in 495 regular-season games heading into the 2016-17 campaign. He’s played in just eight playoff games in his career, but has six points in them. Duchene went pointless in four games at the Sochi Olympics and has also played for Team Canada in the under-18 World Championships, two senior IIHF World Championships and this summer’s World Cup of Hockey. When it comes to gold medals Duchene is now a perfect five for five in international events. He’s a consistent scorer who’s posted four 20-plus goal seasons and hit the 30-goal mark for the first time last season. He also scored 17 times and had 43 points in the shortened 2012-13 campaign. He scored a career-best 70 points in 2012-13.
12 Jamie Benn
Dallas Stars’ left-winger Jamie Benn may be a bit of a late bloomer compared to some of the other Sochi 2014 players. He broke into the league in 2009-10 and led it in scoring in 2009-10 with 87 points. The 27-year-old Dallas captain has also been nominated twice for the Ted Lindsay Award and once for the Hart Trophy. Benn had two goals in six contests in Sochi and won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 2009. Benn has scored more than 20 goals in three of his NHL seasons and broken the 30-goal barrier twice. His best output came last year when he scored 41 times and added 48 assists for 89 points. Benn leads by example and entered the 2016-17 campaign with 448 points in 508 games. He’s also done well in the playoffs with 20 points in 19 appearances and seems to get better with each passing season.
11 Rick Nash
Former 2002-03 Rookie of the Year Rick Nash may be in the twilight of his career at the moment, but it’s sure been a good one. The 32-year-old New York Rangers’ winger also shared the Rocket Richard award for leading the NHL in goals with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk. The trio scored 41 goals each in the 2003-04 season and Nash became the youngest player ever to win the trophy at the age of 19. He was drafted first overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2002 and is a five-time All-Star. Nash has scored 393 goals and 340 assists in his first 922 NHL games and should reach both the 400-goal and 1,000-game milestones this season. He’s scored 36 points in 65 playoff games and won two Olympic gold medals as he also played in Vancouver in 2010. Nash played in a pair of World Junior Championships and took home a gold medal for the 2006-07 World Championships. He had just one assist in six games at Sochi, but had five points in seven outings in 2010.
10 John Tavares
Centre john Tavares is the captain and face of the new York Islanders franchise, but he’s another player who happened to go pointless over in Sochi while playing four games. However, he was injured and missed the last two contests of the tournament. Tavares also won gold medals at a pair of IIHF World Junior Championships as well as at this fall’s World Cup of Hockey tournament. He’s been nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy twice and the Mark Messier Leadership Award once. Tavares was chosen first overall by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Draft. He entered the 2016-17 campaign with 207 goals and 264 assists for 471 points in 510 games with another 22 points in 24 playoff encounters. Tavares has scored 20 or more goals in four seasons and finished another three campaigns with over 30 goals. The 26-year-old’s best output came in 2014-15 when he scored 38 goals and 86 points in 82 games.
9 Roberto Luongo
Florida Panthers’ veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo was the second goalie to play for Canada at the Sochi Olympics, appearing in one game. The 37-year-old won the outing and recorded a save percentage of 100 per cent as he shut out the opposition. He had played five games in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver with a 1.76 goals-against average, a 92.7 save percentage and a shutout. Luongo has represented his homeland in several international tournaments and also won gold medals at a pair of IIHF World Championships and the 2004 World Cup. Luongo has been in the NHL since 1999-2000 after the Islanders drafted him with the fourth pick in 1997. He’s been nominated for several individual trophies and took home the Jennings for the 2010-11 season. Luongo finished last season with a career record of 435-350 in 926 games with The Islanders, Vancouver and Florida with a 2.49 GAA, 91.9 save percentage and 72 shutouts. He’ll likely reach the 1,000 game plateau next season.
8 P.K. Subban
Flashy defenceman P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators is a former James Norris winner and a player with a knack for racking up the points, especially on the power play. He appeared in just one game with Canada at the 2014 Olympics though and was held without a point. He has previously won a pair of gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Championships. Subban is now 27 year old and was traded from Montreal to Nashville for fellow blueliner and Olympic teammate Shea Weber. Subban appeared in 434 games with the Habs with 63 goals and 215 assists for 278 points with a plus-31 rating. He also chipped in with 38 points in 55 postseason contests. Subban was drafted 43rd overall by Montreal in 2007 and was seen by the team’s fans as the face of the franchise. His best season came in 2014-15 when he scored 60 points in 82 games, which was two years after winning the Norris.
7 Shea Weber
Shea Weber made the hockey headlines this summer when he was traded from Nashville to Montreal for PK Subban in a deal that Habs’ fans may soon come to appreciate. The veteran blueliner, who arguably has the hardest shot in the NHL, lead the 2014 Olympic team in scoring along with fellow defenceman Drew Doughty as he had three goals and three assists. Weber has been in the league since 2005-06 and contributed 166 goals and 177 assists for the Predators in 763 contests for 443 points. He also had 28 points in 59 playoff outings. Weber was a plus-51 with Nashville and reached the 20-goalmark three times, with his best output being 23 in 2008-09 and 2013-14. He’s also had seasons of 15, 16, 17, and 19 goals and is known as a power play specialist. The 31-year-old has been nominated for the Norris Trophy three times and took home the Mark Messier Leadership Award for the 2015-16 season. Weber was also chosen for the World Cup of Hockey this year.
6 Duncan Keith
Chicago Blackhawks’ defenceman Duncan Keith has been a star on the blue line for the past several seasons. He’s won a pair of James Norris Trophies and a Conn Smythe since 2010 and of course has helped the Hawks to three Stanley Cup championships. Keith earned a regular spot on the Chicago blue line back in 2005-06 and has scored 84 goals and 374 assists for 458 points in his first 833 appearances and is a plus-151. He’s also contributed 80 points in 122 postseason games with a plus-60 rating. Keith excels in both ends of the ice, although he registered just one assist in six games at the 2014 Olympics. He was a plus-6 in the event though. Keith also played in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and finished the tournament with six assists in seven games and another plus-6 rating. Keith is now 33-years old, but still logs a ton of ice time on a nightly basis. His career-high in points was 69 in the 2009-10 season.
5 Martin St. Louis
Former two-time NHL leading scorer Martin St. Louis is the only member of the 2014 Canadian Olympic team who isn’t playing anymore. The gifted and speedy winger was just 5-feet-8-inches tall, but played a lot bigger throughout his NHL career from 1998 to 2015. St. Louis, who was undrafted, retired after playing a total of 1134 regular season games with the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers. He scored 391 goals and 642 assists for 1,033 points and chipped in with 42 goals and 48 assists for 90 points in 107 playoff outings. His output helped Tampa Bay win the Stanley Cup in 2003-04. St. Louis also played in the 2004 World Cup and in a pair of IIHF Championships. However, he went pointless in five games at Sochi. St. Louis won three of Lady Byng Trophies during his career as well as a Lester B. Pearson and Hart Trophy honour to accompany his two Art Ross awards. He became the oldest player to lead the league in scoring in 2012-13 when he was 37.
4 Carey Price
Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price is regarded by many hockey fans as being the best goaltender in the world. He played five games at the Sochi Olympics and posted an incredible 0.59 goals-against average as he won all five contests. And let’s not forget he posted a pair of shutouts in those games. The 28-year-old is a regular on the Canadian national team as he also played in the under-18 World Championships as well as the World Juniors and this year’s World Cup tournament in Toronto. Price also won a Calder Cup in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs. He had a career year in 2014-15 by winning the Hart, Jennings, Ted Lindsay, and Vezina Trophies and was also named Canada’s top male athlete. Price missed the start of the new NHL season and entered it with a career record of 233-155 with a 2.43 GAA a 92.0 save percentage and 36 shutouts.
3 Drew Doughty
Defenceman Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings is still one of the NHL’s premier defencemen two years after the Sochi Olympics. In fact, he’s just getting better and better as the 26-year-old took home the James Norris Trophy for the 2015-16 season as the best defenceman in the league. Doughty finished the campaign with 14 goals and 37 assists for 51 points and didn’t miss a game all year long. He’s now played the full 82 games in three of his eight seasons and has missed just 48 games during his career, with 34 of those coming in 2012-13. Doughty has already won a pair of Stanley Cup championships as well as his Olympic gold medal and also won gold as a member of Team Canada in this year’s World Cup of Hockey. Let’s not forget he also won gold at the 2010 Olympics as well as the World Juniors in 2008. Doughty entered the 2016-17 NHL campaign with 318 points in 606 games and 51 points in 81 playoff contests. He had two goals and four assists in the 2014 Sochi games to co-lead the team.
2 Jonathan Toews
With three Stanley Cups to his name already, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has proven to be one of the best leaders and centres in the league since his debut in 2007-08 at the age of 19. Toews has won gold medals at the World Junior Championships, the IIHF World Championships, a pair of Olympic Games and also at the recent World Cup of Hockey. Wherever the 28-year-old plays, success seems to follow. He chipped in with a goal and two assists in six appearances at Sochi and has won several individual NHL awards including the Frank Selke in 2013, the Conn Smythe in 2010, and the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2015. Toews has gotten off to a slow start this season, but entered it with 564 points in 645 games and had 108 points in 124 playoff outings. He also scored 11 points in 13 games during his two Olympic Games appearances.
1 Sidney Crosby
There’s not much that can be said about the 29-year-old centre Sidney Crosby that hasn’t been said or written before. The Pittsburg Penguins’ captain was drafted first overall in 2005 and has more or less been a hockey legend ever since. Crosby has won a pair of Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as well as last season’s playoff MVP. Crosby has won most major trophies available to his position other than the Calder as the rookie of the year in 2005-06. He’s also won numerous team trophies while representing Canada, including gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics as well as at this year’s World Cup of Hockey. Crosby, of course, scored the game winner in Vancouver at the 2010 Olympics and chipped in with a goal and two assists in six games in 2014. He’s has also won gold at the IIHF World Juniors and World Championships. Crosby is still mentioned by many as being the world’s best hockey player and entered the 2016-17 campaign with 938 points in 707 games and 137 points in 124 playoff matches.
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