10 Blackhawks will play in Olympic Winter Games
The Blackhawks will have 10 players travel to Sochi to play in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Patrick Kane will be the lone Hawk to represent the United States. Kane played in the 2010 Olympics and is No. 5 in the NHL in points with 60, tied for No. 10 in goals with 25 and tied for No. 9 in assists with 35.
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith will play for Canada's team. Toews and Keith participated in the 2010 games while Sharp will play for the first time.
"I'm excited," Keith said via ESPN.com. "Obviously a huge honor. That gets said a lot, but it really is. You look at all the people who play hockey in Canada, to represent the country is very special."
Toews has 52 points for the season; Keith is close behind with 48. Sharp ranks No. 5 in the NHL in goals with 28.
Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus were named to Slovakia's team. Both have played in three previous Olympics.
"It's a great experience, it's a lot of fun playing for your country in the best tournament in the world," Handzus said. "You cannot ask for any better. Just enjoy it. I had a lot of fun in Vancouver. We had a good team. We had a lot of fun in the locker room, a lot of fun in the games, just enjoyed it."
Hossa has 47 points while Handzus pitched in 11 of his own this season.
Michal Rozsival will represent the Czech Republic's team. This will be his first time to play in the Olympics.
“I found out when they announced it," Rozsival said. "They had a press conference back home. It was 7 o’clock our time in Chicago, so that’s when I found out. I wasn’t watching it. My wife and my kids were watching it and they just kind of came to tell me that I was selected. That was exciting.”
Rozsival has one goal and four assists this season.
Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger and Johnny Oduya were named to Sweden's team. Oduya played in the 2010 Olympics while the other two will debut their talents this year.
"Olympics is something you've always seen on TV and stuff and you always wonder how that's going to be," Kruger said. "For me, being the first time going there is going to be exciting. And see the other athletes and everything else is going to be a lot of fun."
Hjalmarsson and Kruger have 23 points each while Oduya has 13.
The XXII Olympic Winter Games will begin Feb. 7.