Sidney Crosby scored the Golden Goal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that secured gold medal for Canada. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
The wait is finally over.
With executive director Steve Yzerman and his staff on hand to announce the 25-player Canadian men’s Olympic hockey roster Tuesday in Toronto, the team selected can now turn its attention to defending the country’s gold medal.
Team Canada roster:
The nation will be led by Olympic hero Sidney Crosby, whose Golden Goal at the 2010 Vancouver Games powered Canada to the gold medal in the final against the U.S.
Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar centre, also ranks first in NHL scoring this season with 63 points.
Canada is looking to become the first country since professional hockey players were included at the 1998 Nagano Olympics to repeat as gold-medal champions.
The team is filled with players that won gold in Vancouver. Aside form Crosby, there are returning forwards Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, among others.
On defence, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith and Shea Weber will once again man the blue-line.
In goal, 2010 gold-medal game winner Roberto Luongo hopes to return as the starter but will battle with Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price, who makes first Olympic team.
Other first-time Olympians include Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Matt Duchene and P.K. Subban.
In Sochi, Canada will be slotted in Group B along with Austria, Norway and Finland.
Canada's first game is on Feb. 13 against Norway. The Canadians then play Austria on Feb. 14, followed by their group-stage finale against Finland on Feb. 16. Each game begins at 9 p.m. Sochi time (noon ET).
The quarter-finals are scheduled for Feb. 19, with the semifinals on Feb. 21 and the gold-medal game on Feb. 23.
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