Dec 29, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis (2) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Vancouver Canucks won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks' Dan Hamhuis Paired with PK Subban at Olympics

National Hockey League players arrived in Sochi, Russia on Monday morning in preparation for the opening of the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Team Canada held a practice Monday evening and Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis was paired with the Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban.

The other pairings were Duncan Keith with Shea Weber, Jay Bouwmeester with Alex Pietrangelo, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic with Drew Doughty.

It looks like Hamhuis will be out of Canada’s top-six when they open the tournament on Thursday against Norway.

Under international rules, teams are allowed to dress 20 skaters and most teams go with 12 forwards, eight defencemen, and two goaltenders.

In 2010 in Vancouver, head coach Mike Babcock went with 13 forwards, seven defencemen, and two goaltenders. He will do the same this year.

Brent Seabrook, who was the seventh defenceman in the gold medal game in 2010, played only 5:57 in the gold medal game.

It is a ‘utility’ spot, which might give Subban and his big shot on the power play an edge over Hamhuis.


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