Dec 23, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defensemanDuncan Keith
(2) skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks players and fans have been anxiously awaiting January 7th 2013. On January 7th 2013, We would finally know which Blackhawks would be represented on their remaining respective countries Olympic Teams. Team Slovakia, Team Sweden, and Team Canada announced their teams on Tuesday January7th. Team Canada was the last team to announce their Olympic Hockey Team Roster. The USA had done it after the Winter Classic on January 1 and the Czech Republic on Monday January 6th .
We finally know which Blackhawks will be playing for their respective countries:
USA: Patrick Kane
Czech Republic: Michal Rozsival
The Blackhawks did have some players not make their respective countries teams despite strong seasons. Among the notable Blackhawks snubs were Brandon Saad (USA), Brent Seabrook (Canada) and Corey Crawford (Canada). Coach Quennville does feel that Brandon Saad will be the first player called if there is an injury to someone on Team USA.
Corey Crawford had this to say about not making the team: “It’s pretty disappointing. It was definitively a goal of mine” according to Chris Kuc.
The Blackhawks have ten players playing in the Olympics this year. Congratulations to all the Blackhawks who made their countries Olympic teams.
News and notes:
Nikolai Khabibulin underwent rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday Jan 7th. He will be out four to five months. He was currently on IR with a lower body injury. He will be able to return in 4 to 5 months according to doctors. He has played four games with the Blackhawks this season. He went 1-0-1 with a 5.00 GAA and 81.1 save percentage. He had signed a one year contract to backup Corey Crawford his offseason.
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