In a bit of a surprise, Brent Seabrook will join Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews on the Canadian Olympic entry. The Feather proudly salutes all three.
Joining Seabrook as bubble surprises were Drew Doughty (D), Patrice Bergeron, Brendan Morrow and Eric Staal. The team will have three assistant captains in Chris Pronger (D), Sidney Crosby and Jarome Iginla. The team will be captained by Scott Niedermayer (D).
UPDATE: According to TSN CTV, Drew Doughty was selected late last night over Jay Bouwmeester as the 7th defenseman. Look for Keith and Seabrook to play together.
Notables left off include Mike Green (D), Shane Doan, Vinny Lecavalier, Dion Phaneuf (D) and Martin St. Louis. Somewhere the Sutter brothers are mouth kissing as all three defenseman hopefuls were left off, including Robyn Regehr.
UPDATE II: During the Canadian broadcast of the announcement, Nike ran a commercial with the theme of “destiny” in which the company insinuated that Dion Phaneuf was an Olympian. Ain’t destiny grand?
UPDATE III: By my quick count, the Blackhawks haven’t had a Canadian Olympian since the NHL began allowing its players to play in the tournament in 1998.
*Belated Tuesday Farm Update*
–The IceHogs took it on the chin, losing to the Milwaukee Admirals 7-1. Milwaukee scored twice in the first, three times in the second, and twice in the third. Only Matt Keith’s goal with three seconds left in the game prevented the shutout.
Alec Richards played the first two periods, stopping 18 of 23 shots. Joseph Fallon wasn’t much better, stopping 2 of 4 shots.
-Kyle Beach scored two goals in Spokane’s 4-3 loss to the Portland Winterhawks and for the second consectutive game received a game misconduct after the game had ended. Beach was the recipient of a 5-minute major for slashing and then a game misconduct. He’ll probably have to face the music from the League’s office at some point in the next couple days.
–Shawn Lalonde had an assist in Belleville’s 4-2 loss to the Ottawa 67’s.
–Byron Froese was a non-factor in Everett’s 1-0 loss to the Tri-City Americans.
–Brandon Pirri had three assists in RPI’s 4-3 win over Michigan in their opening game of the Great Lakes Invitational.
–Billy Sweatt didn’t have a point in Colorado College’s 4-2 win over Cornell in the Florida College Classic.