The NHL will be out of operations during the Winter Olmpics in Sochi start in early February, but ten members of the Chicago Blackhawks will be participating in the Olympic games as they represent their respective countries.
Most notably, Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp was selected to Team Canada on Tuesday. For Sharp, this is the first time that the forward has been selected to play in the Olympic games. Sharp will be joined on Team Canada by teammates Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith.
Along with Team Canada, Sweden’s team also consists of three members of the Blackhawks. Forward Marcus Kruger and defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya were selected to Team Sweden on Tuesday. Oduya was previously on Team Sweden during the 2010 Olympics while Kruger and Hjalmarsson have yet to participate.
As for the four other Blackhawks to be participating in the Olympic games; forwards Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus were selected to Team Slovakia; defenseman Michal Rozsival was named to to the Czech Republic team; and forward Patrick Kane was the lone member of the Blackhawks to be named to Team USA.
One member of the Blackhawks that will not be participating is goaltender Corey Crawford. Crawford certainly has emerged as an elite goaltender in the past couple of seasons but may have been left off Team Canada because his lack of international experience.
The Winter Olympics start on February 7.