12/30/2009 12:51 PM - From chicagoblackhawks.com: (link)
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook have been named to Team Canada’s 23-man roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Hockey Canada announced today. All three will be making their Olympic debuts for the host nation, which opens the tournament against Norway on Feb. 16.
Toews, 21, has won four gold medals while representing his country in international play, including the 2008 World Junior Championships where he captained Team Canada. Currently the youngest captain in the National Hockey League, Toews ranks third on the Blackhawks with 11 goals and 29 points, and paces the club with five power-play markers. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native leads the Western Conference with a +17 plus/minus rating this year.
Duncan Keith recorded two assists and a +9 plus/minus rating in nine games during the 2008 World Championships, helping Canada to a silver medal. Keith, 26, currently ranks third among NHL defensemen with a team-leading 28 assists this season, ranks third with 34 points, and leads the league in average ice-time per game. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native has posted a +72 plus/minus rating, third-best in the NHL.
Born in Richmond, British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver, defenseman Brent Seabrook’s international resume includes a gold medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships. Seabrook, 24, is currently tied for sixth among NHL blueliners with a +14 plus/minus rating, ranks second on the Blackhawks in both hits and blocked shots, and has a pair of overtime game-winning goals for Chicago this season.
The National Hockey League will suspend its regular-season schedule from Feb. 15 through Feb. 28 for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Olympic hockey tournament begins on Feb. 16, 2010 when the United States takes on Switzerland.