With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi quickly approaching, all rosters have been announced today. In total the Bruins are sending five players, one coach, and one general manager to Sochi. The Bruins will have players representing Canada, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Sweden, and Finland. The 2014 Winter Olympics will run from February 7- February 24.
Patrice Bergeron will be representing Team Canada in his second Olympic games. Bergeron will most likely play on the fourth line and penalty kill for Canada. On paper, Canada has the best group of players and they have the best chance of winning gold. Bergeron had one assist in seven Olympic games in 2010.
Zdeno Chara will represent and captain Team Slovakia in his third Olympic games. Chara will most likely be a key player for Slovakia and he will play a lot of minutes for Slovakia. Chara has one goal and four assists in thirteen Olympic games.
David Krejci will represent Team Czech Republic in his second Olympic games. Krejci is projected to play first line minutes and to be a key player for Team Czech republic. Former Bruins player Jaromir Jagr will also play on the team. David Krejci has two goals and one assist in five Olympic games.
Tuukka Rask will represent Team Finland in his first Olympic games. Rask is projected to be the starting goalie for Finland, but it is still not known yet who will start. Finland’s other two goalies are Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen. Rask proved during last season’s cup run that he can perform on the big stage.
Loui Eriksson will represent Team Sweden in his second Olympic games. Eriksson is coming of his second concussion this season, but if he is healthy he could play on one of the top lines for Sweden. Eriksson has three goals and one assist in four career Olympic games.
Bruins coach Claude Julien will be an assistant coach for Team Canada. He is joining Mike Babcock, Ken Hitchcock, and Lindy Ruff on the coaching staff. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is a member of Hockey Canada’s National Men’s Team management group.