THE Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday announced that eight members of the organization will represent their nation at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Goaltender Roberto Luongo and defenceman Dan Hamhuis will represent TEAM CANADA; prospect forward Ronalds Kenins will represent LATVIA; forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin will join defenceman Alex Edler on TEAM SWEDEN; defenceman Yannick Weber will dress for TEAM SWITZERLAND; and centre Ryan Kesler will represent TEAM USA.
Alex Edler, 27, has nine points (3-6-9) and 16 penalty minutes through 27 games with Vancouver this season. In 458 career NHL games, Edler has recorded 54 goals, 161 assists (54-161-215) and 253 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 209 pound native of Ostersund, Sweden, has also played 59 playoff games, recording 28 points (8-20-28) and 36 penalty minutes. Edler has represented Sweden at the 2013 World Hockey Championship (gold) and 2006 World Junior Championships. This will be his first appearance at the Olympic Winter Games.
Hamhuis, 31, has registered 13 points (4-9-13) and 16 penalty minutes in 44 games with Vancouver this season. The Smithers, BC, native has represented Team Canada on seven occasions, most recently at the 2013 World Championships where he joined Canada for three games, collecting an assist on an overtime game-winning goal against the Czech Republic. This will be his first appearance at the Olympic Winter Games.
Luongo, 34, has compiled a record of 16-10-6 in 33 games with the Canucks this season, recording a .922 save percentage and 2.23 GAA. In 780 career NHL games, the 2011 William M. Jennings Trophy winner has recorded a .919 save percentage and a 2.51 GAA, ranking 16th all-time for most wins in NHL history with 364. Luongo has a .916 save percentage and a 2.51 GAA in 64 career NHL playoff games. The 6-foot-3, 219 pound native of Montreal, Quebec, was a member of the gold medal winning Canadian Olympic team in 2010 and has represented his country on a number of occasions. Luongo has been a member of Olympic, World Cup, World Championship and World Junior Teams. He helped lead Canada to the gold medal at the Olympic Games in 2010, the World Hockey Championships in 2003 and 2004, as well as the World Cup in 2004.
Kenins, 22, currently plays for Zurich in the Swiss-A League, where he has registered 16 points (5-11-16) in 25 games played. The Riga, Latvia, native was signed by Vancouver as a free agent on July 30, 2013.
Kesler, 29, has played in 44 games with the Canucks this season, recording 29 points (17-12-29) and 36 penalty minutes. In 622 career NHL games, Kesler has recorded 379 points (174-205-379) and 549 penalty minutes. The 2011 Frank J. Selke winner has also recorded 38 points (12-26-38) and 71 penalty minutes in 57career NHL playoff games. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound native of Livonia, Michigan, was a member of the United States silver medal winning Olympic team in 2010 and also played at the 2006 World Hockey Championships. He also helped USA to the gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships and at the 2002 World Under-18 Championship, where he recorded two goals and five assists in eight games and received the Best Player Award for the tournament.
Daniel Sedin, 33, has recorded 39 points (13-26-39) and 32 penalty minutes in 44 games played with the Canucks this season. The Canucks assistant captain has played 950 career NHL games, tallying 797 points (304-493-797) and 414 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 188 pound left winger has appeared in 96 playoff games, registering 67 points (23-44-67) and 78 penalty minutes. The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, native has represented Sweden twice at the Olympics (gold in 2006) as well as at the World Juniors, the World Hockey Championships and the World Cup of Hockey.
Henrik Sedin, 33, has 39 points (10-29-39) and 30 penalty minutes in 44 games played with the Canucks this season. The Canucks captain has played 984 career NHL games, tallying a franchise record 831 points (192-639-831) and 564 penalty minutes The 6-foot-2, 191 pound centre has played 99 NHL playoff games, notching 74 points (22-52-74) and 56 penalty minutes. The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, native has represented Sweden twice at the Olympics (gold in 2006) as well as at the World Juniors, the World Hockey Championships and the World Cup of Hockey.
Yannick Weber, 25, has recorded three points (1-2-3) and four penalty minutes in 21 games with the Canucks this season. The Morges, Switzerland, native has compiled 35 points (6-29-35) in 136 career NHL games. In six career NHL playoff games, he has recorded four points (3-1-4). The 5-foot-11, 193 pound defenceman has dressed for Switzerland on numerous occasions at the Senior and Junior level, most recently at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games