Keith, Seabrook & Toews Canadian Olympians

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.

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14 Responses to Keith, Seabrook & Toews Canadian Olympians

  1. Lou says:

    All three of those kids and Kane absolutely deserve the honor. They all play with heart and they play as a team. That Canadian roster is simply wicked.

    On another note Teemu is on his 5th olympic team. That is pretty impressive.

  2. John says:

    It’s actually pretty unbelieveable when you think about Selanne. Ridiculous.

    For whatever reason, I’m really looking forward to Team USA’s roster getting announced on New Year’s. Maybe it’s because the team is going to look completely different than it has in the past 20 years.

  3. Dave Morris says:

    Cool.

    With Tazer and DunkinSeabs on board, the Canucks might have a chance to beat the Russians.

    PS has StanBow traded for Steve Ott yet?

  4. Lou says:

    The enforcer blogger Lee would spontaneously combust

  5. Patrick says:

    It would be interesting to see if there isn’t a least one errant pass where Towes passes to Kane, or vice-versa. My guess is that the “shit-talking” in the locker room is going to ratchet itself up a few notches in the coming weeks.

    Even though these guys could use the rest, this is a proud day for the Hawks franchise, which could almost field an Olympic team in its own.

  6. Lee says:

    I just combusted but was it because of Ott?

  7. Dave Morris says:

    Gentlemen (and Ladies, should any be present), the Devils are playing the Pens tonight. Worth watching.

    Re: the Prolympics…should be one helluva tournament. The usual suspects (Canada, the US, Russia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic) are extremely well matched.

    I expect at least one of the ‘other’ teams (Belarus, Germany, Switzerland, Austria) will give the high profile clubs a nasty surprise.

    Makes you feel good, don’t it, to know so many Hawks have been selected.

    BTW @Lee> I’d take Steve Ott over Matt Carkner any day of the week. Oh, and isn’t Kyle Beach a Steve Ott-type?

  8. Lou says:

    @ Dave, I think Kyle Beach is a bigger A$$

  9. JM says:

    Seems like every other farm update discusses some Kyle Beach misconduct, along with a handful of goals.

    He certainly seems to be everything he was advertised to be – one dumb, talented, sonuvabitch.

  10. Dave Morris says:

    @Lou> like JM sez–it doesn’t matter if a player’s a ‘nice guy’…it matters if he delivers the goods.

    So if Kyle ‘Sonuva’ Beach is all he’s reputed to be, bring him on. Ben Eager’s gettin’ a little too genteel for my liking.

    On the other hand, when we play at our neighborhood outdoor rink, we do say ‘sorry’ if we knock someone down…or even when we raise the puck. But then, we don’t keep score either.
    😉

    PS Hawks just signed Lalonde to a 3 year deal.

  11. John says:

    Sure did, I would love to see Lalonde get a year of seasoning in Rockford next year but I don’t know if the Hawks will be able to do that.

  12. Lou says:

    LaLonde has a good situation if he has to play an NHL rookie in. He gets to play with Ham, Dunc, and Seabs. And you might could add Soup to that mix. This is a lot better situation than some of the other rookies this year, Del Zotto, Pietrangelo etc.

    I do think some Rockford time would be good for him.

  13. Bruno says:

    Beach sounds like a train wreck

  14. Lee says:

    Happy and Healthy New Year to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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