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.
It looks like Hamhuis will be out of Canada’s top-six when they open the tournament on Thursday against Norway.
From first practice appears Hamhuis and Subban will be out of Canada’s top six defencemen. Team will dress 7 defencemen.
— Hockey Central (@SNHockeyCentral) February 10, 2014
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.
Subban and Hamhuis are D spares, for the moment. Remember Doughty started that way in Vancouver 2010 and ended up a central figure.
— Michael Farber (@MichaelFarber3) February 10, 2014