It was announced earlier today that Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price will start for Team Canada’s men’s ice hockey as the goaltender for tomorrow’s match between Canada and Norway, the first for Canada in the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics.
I don’t have too many thoughts on this story. It seems like an obvious selection, as Price has played brilliantly in his past few games, and Roberto Luongo, the starter for the team in the Vancouver 2010 olympic games has been awful recently. Being the Olympics, the team will have a stellar defense helping out the goalie. To me, it really doesn’t matter who starts in net. All three goaltenders, Luongo, Price and Mike Smith are excellent goalies who can take their play to the next level when the need to. It makes sense to ride the hottest goalie, but I really feel any of the goaltenders would do just fine. With that being said, I certainly hope Price, and all Canadian players, have a great opening match against Norway tomorrow. I’ve been looking forward to the game for a long time, as has all of Canada.
I’ll leave you with a nice video bringing up the great emotions we had after the victory against the Americans in the last Olympics after Sidney Crosby scored in overtime. What a match that was! I still remember that my family and I were watching the game with out neighbors, and that night we all celebrated together while watching the amazing closing ceremony. (On a sidenote, Jarome Iginla had the assist leading to the Golden Goal – seriously, how was he left off the team this year)? I’m sure all of Canada remembers the Golden Goal, and let’s hope for a similar result this year!