FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Ten Detroit Red Wings players will represent their countries in this year’s Sochi Olympics.
Pavel Datsyuk was announced Tuesday to the Russian squad.
Jimmy Howard is Detroit’s lone representative on Team USA, while Sweden will of course be loaded with players who otherwise don the winged wheel.
Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, defensemen Nicklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson and forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson will also play for Sweden. Zetterberg is the Swedes’ captain.
Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco are on the Slovakian team.
RUSSIA: Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin will lead Russia’s hockey team at the Sochi Olympics, with the host country looking to avoid a repeat of its poor performance at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs were among 15 NHL players named Tuesday to Russia’s 25-man roster.
Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov and Alexander Yeryomenko of the KHL’s Dinamo Moscow will contend for the starting goaltender spot.
Edmonton defenseman Anton Belov, Slava Voynov of the Los Angeles Kings and two Montreal Canadiens defensemen — Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov — are also on the list, which includes former NHL players Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk.
CANADA: Canada’s 25-man ice hockey squad for the Sochi Winter Olympics is built around key contributors from the team that won gold four years ago in Vancouver.
Sidney Crosby, who scored the game-winning goal over the United States in overtime, is back and likely will be named captain.
Roberto Luongo, who was in net for the completion of the 2010 tournament, could get another chance next month as he’s back on the roster following some tumultuous times.