The Olympic rosters for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games are rolling in on Tuesday, and there were several Bruins named to rosters.
Zdeno Chara was named to the Team Slovakia roster, the third Olympic team with which he's been invited to participate. The Bruins captain has a goal and five points along with a plus-6 in 13 career games for Slovakia, and joins a talented crew of Slovakians. Here's the full roster . . .
Goaltenders: Peter Budaj, Jaroslav Halak, Jan Laco
Defensemen: Ivan Baranka, Dominik Granak, Zdeno Chara, Martin Marincin, Andrej Meszaros, Andrej Sekera, Michal Sersen, Lubomir Visnovsky
Forwards: Milan Bartovic, Marian Gaborik, Michal Handzus, Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Kopecky, Tomas Marcinko, Michel Miklik, Peter Ölvecky, Richard Panik, Tomas Surovy, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Zaborsky.
Bruins winger Loui Eriksson was named to Team Sweden for his second Olympic Tour of Duty despite a pair of concussions suffered this season. Bruins teammate and fellow Swede Carl Soderberg won’t be participating for Team Sweden, however, after ruffling feathers when he skipped last spring’s World Championships in order to sign his first NHL contract with the Bruins.
Goaltenders: Jhonas Enroth, Jonas Gustavsson, Henrik Lundqvist.
Defensemen: Alexander Edler, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Erik Karlsson, Niklas Kronwall, Johnny Oduya, Henrik Tallinder.
Forwards: Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Backstrom, Patrik Berglund, Jimmie Ericsson, Loui Eriksson, Johan Franzen, Carl Hagelin, Marcus Kruger, Gabriel Landeskog, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Jakob Silfverberg, Alexander Steen, Henrik Zetterberg.
Tuukka Rask was also a no-brainer selection as it would appear the Bruins goaltender has the inside track on the starting job between the pipes for Team Finland with Pekka Rinne still sidelined by an infection in his hip. Here’s the roster for Finland, with Rask getting his first invitation to an Olympic tournament:
Goaltenders: Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Tuukka Rask
Defensemen: Lasse Kukkonen, Juuso Hietanen, Sami Lepistö, Olli Maatta, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Ossi Väänänen, Sami Vatanen
Forwards: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Mikko Koivu, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jori Lehterä, Antti Pihlström, Tuomo Ruutu, Teemu Selänne.