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Which players will be named Captains for their respective teams in the 2010 Olympics?

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09-03-2009, 09:52 PM
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Which players will be named Captains for their respective teams in the 2010 Olympics?

I'm predicting Niedermayer for Canada
Koivu for Finland
Kovalev for Russia
Lidstrom for Sweden
Tkachuck for USA
Jagr for Czech Republic (if he plays, if not than Kaberle)

Predict for other countries as well, I skipped a couple.

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09-03-2009, 10:12 PM
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Jagr for Czech Republic (if he plays, if not than Kaberle)
I doubt it, Jágr wasn't even the captain at the WCs this year.

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09-04-2009, 12:08 AM
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Niedermayer for Canada
Koivu for Finland
Ovechkin for Russia
Lidstrom for Sweden
Tkachuck for USA
Kaberle for Czech Republic

That's how I see it, although Ovechkin is young and questionable as the captain, I don't think there's any way that Kovalev gets it even if he makes the team.

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09-04-2009, 03:07 AM
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Niedermayer for Canada
Koivu for Finland
Ovechkin for Russia
Lidstrom for Sweden
Tkachuck for USA
Kaberle for Czech Republic

That's how I see it, although Ovechkin is young and questionable as the captain, I don't think there's any way that Kovalev gets it even if he makes the team.
They rarely give the best player the C just because he's the best player. They give the C to the veteran leader on the team. Otherwise Crosby would have the C, or Kane on USA...

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Scott Niedermayer for Canada
Saku Koivu for Finland
Chris Drury for the U.S.
Nicklas Lidström for Sweden
Zdeno Chara for Slovakia
Marco Sturm for Germany
I would suspect it's Jagr for the Czechs
Not sure about Norway. Maybe Myrvold or Skroder, or Tommy Jakobsen if he's on the team.
I hadn't given much thought to Russia... my guess would be one of Fedorov, Gonchar, and Andrei Markov.

I haven't the foggiest idea with Latvia or Belarus.

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Scott Niedermayer for Canada
Saku Koivu for Finland
Chris Drury for the U.S.
Nicklas Lidström for Sweden
Zdeno Chara for Slovakia
Marco Sturm for Germany
I would suspect it's Jagr for the Czechs
Not sure about Norway. Maybe Myrvold or Skroder, or Tommy Jakobsen if he's on the team.
I hadn't given much thought to Russia... my guess would be one of Fedorov, Gonchar, and Andrei Markov.

I haven't the foggiest idea with Latvia or Belarus.
I'd say:
Ruslan Salei or Konstantin Koltsov for Belarus
Karlis Skrastins for Latvia

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I'd say:
Ruslan Salei or Konstantin Koltsov for Belarus
Karlis Skrastins for Latvia
I was thinking Skrastins for Latvia, but that's mainly because he's the only player I'm at all familiar with and I'm not sure there isn't someone who is more qualified for the leadership position. Who was their captain at the WCs last year?

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Niedermayer for Canada
Koivu for Finland
Ovechkin for Russia
Lidstrom for Sweden
Tkachuck for USA
Kaberle for Czech Republic

That's how I see it, although Ovechkin is young and questionable as the captain, I don't think there's any way that Kovalev gets it even if he makes the team.
I think Fedorov or Datsyuk would be a much more likely choice. heck, maybe even Gonchar(Did Zubov retire?)Russian hockey has quite the hierarchy.

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I think Fedorov or Datsyuk would be a much more likely choice. heck, maybe even Gonchar(Did Zubov retire?)Russian hockey has quite the hierarchy.
Both Datsyuk and Gonchar played on the 2006 Olympic team when Kovalev captained. Federov wasn't on the team for some reason (injury?), but apparently Kovalev beats out Gonchar and Datsyuk in terms of hierarchy.

Also, Zubov didn't play in 06 either, and I highly doubt he's going to make the team this year anyway, so I wouldn't add him in any conversation for a possible captainship.

By the way, Zubov signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL this off-season.

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Both Datsyuk and Gonchar played on the 2006 Olympic team when Kovalev captained. Federov wasn't on the team for some reason (injury?), but apparently Kovalev beats out Gonchar and Datsyuk in terms of hierarchy.
Yeah, well it'll probably be Kovalev, I was just suggesting the other people that would be looked at before Ovechkin, who as we all know, is pretty much still a kid.

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Out of the Russian players mentioned in this thread...

Ovechkin: too much of a kid and a clown.
Fedorov: publicly refused the C in Quebec, and may not want it again.
Datsyuk: never played under the current coaching staff.
Zubov: hasn't played for Russia at all since 1996.
Kovalev: has continuously been snubbed in terms of invitations, yet alone captaincy.

The most likely candidate is definitely Morozov - he has carried the role through the last two World Championships into this summer's orientation camp. Fedorov is another strong possibility, but only provided that he actually wants the responsibility this time around. Kovalchuk and Gonchar are probably next in line, and also have decent shots at wearing an A. The other potential (but less likely) alternate captains would be Datsyuk and Markov.


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I don't know about the rest but I agree with the general consensus here that Chara will be named a captain of the Slovak team.

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My bet:
Russia: Kovalchuk (C), Morozov (A), Ovechkin/Fedorov (A)

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I was thinking Skrastins for Latvia, but that's mainly because he's the only player I'm at all familiar with and I'm not sure there isn't someone who is more qualified for the leadership position. Who was their captain at the WCs last year?
Skrastins was in the WC. Koltsov for Belarus.

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I am thinking Alfie is also in the running for the C. Since he is abit more vocal than Nicklas.

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I don't know about the rest but I agree with the general consensus here that Chara will be named a captain of the Slovak team.
That´s pretty much a sealed deal, I´d say the A´s goes to Handzus and Visnovsky.

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Wasn't Mikko Koivu named as the new Team Finland captain?

I'd like Mikko as captain.

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Wasn't Mikko Koivu named as the new Team Finland captain?

I'd like Mikko as captain.
He won't have a shot until his brother retires. And even then Timonen might get a look ahead of him if he's still active. Kimmo is said to be very vocal in the finnish dressingroom.

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Finland:
C S. Koivu
A Timonen
A Selänne/M. Koivu

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C S. Koivu
A Timonen
A Selänne/M. Koivu
That's how I'd have it.

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