How does Olympic Hockey differ from the NHL?
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GO DUCKS!! :-) AnaheimDucks.com The Ducks took part in their morning skate on the day that five more players were selected to Olympic rosters.
The ageless wonder, Teemu Selanne, was named to a record-tying sixth Olympic Games roster, matching Finland’s Raimo Helminen (1984-02) for the most tournament appearances by a men’s hockey player in Olympic Winter Games history. Also representing Finland will be defenseman Sami Vatanen, who was one year old when Selanne made his Olympic debut in 1992.
Also selected were Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry for Canada, and Jakob Silfverberg for Sweden. They join Cam Fowler (USA) and Jonas Hiller (Switzerland) as the Ducks who will compete in Sochi, Russia next month.
“It’s a big honor, and we all know how important the Olympics are,” said the 43-year-old Selanne. “It’s great to go play for your country again, especially when all the best players are there. Every Olympics is very special. But, to play in six is a big honor. We all know how important it is, and how big of an event it is. That’s what really makes it more special.”
Selanne says it’s even better having six of his teammates selected to Olympic rosters. “We have a really good team here, and it’s going to be exciting to play against your teammates. It’s a dream come true for everybody. I’m so happy that NHL players can do this. It’s a great experience.”
His fellow countryman Vatanen will be making his Olympic debut next month.
“It was my goal, coming into this season, to make the Olympics,” said the 22-year-old defenseman. “Now I get the chance to play there with those guys and represent my country. It’s a big honor to play with Teemu. We play for him.”
Vatanen got the media laughing when he said it might be Teemu’s final Olympic Games. “You never know. He’s been waiting to retire, but we’ll see.”
Getzlaf and Perry will be playing in their second Olympics after winning gold with Canada in 2010.
“It’s an exciting day for myself and the guys in this room,” Getzlaf said. “I’m looking forward to that tournament and being a part of this team.”
Perry says expectations are always high in international competition. “Everybody knows what Canadians expect from their hockey teams. Anything but gold is unacceptable, and that’s the way we look at it. We want to go out and prove to ourselves that we’re still the best country in the world.”
Silfverberg will be making his Olympic debut with Sweden. The 23-year-old has international experience, having represented Sweden on four previous occasions. He won silver at the 2011 World Championship and bronze at the 2010 World Junior Championship. The Gavle, Sweden native last appeared for his country at the 2012 World Championship in Helsinki and Stockholm, earning two assists in eight games.
“I’m very happy and excited,” he said. “I feel very honored and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Silfverberg said he knew it was going to be tough making the team after not being on the summer roster. “You always have to believe in yourself, but I wasn’t on the summer roster so I knew it was going to be tough. I knew I had to prove to the coaches and myself that I really wanted to make the team. You always have to believe in yourself if you want to make it happen.”
The Olympics are a confusing scrambling of NHL teams:
Rooting for Team America even though there are plenty of quality NHL players on Canada, Finland, and Sweden, too.