From mighty Canada with its 11 returning gold medalists to humble hopefuls Latvia and Norway, the remaining entrants in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament announced their rosters Tuesday, triggering vigorous debate in hockey rinks around the world.
"Any time you get to represent Canada and put on that jersey, it's the biggest honor ever, really," Doughty said. "I'm so excited to be finally named."
Selanne called his selection "a big honor, again," but teammate
"Physically, I won't be where I want to be to compete against the best players in the world," Koivu said, calling it the toughest decision of his career. "It was a dream, but the older you get, you have to stay honest with yourself."
Also on Tuesday, Ducks winger
Russia, under pressure to win at home, named 15
"I'm very proud for myself and very proud for my family. It's huge," Ovechkin told reporters in Washington.
Who was left off Canada's roster caused as much of a stir as who was on it.
San Jose center
Canada went for a mobile defense, unlike previous Olympics. Doughty will be joined by Montreal's
Up front, Dallas'
The selection of Crosby's left wing,
"Everyone knows what Canadians expect. Anything but gold is unacceptable," Perry said. "That's the way we look at it."
Canada's biggest challenges loom from the U.S., always-skillful Sweden — led by five-time Olympian
"We are not the favorites, but the gap between the best team and the sixth team is not very big," said Selanne, who made his Finnish Olympic debut in 1992 and has won a silver medal and two bronze medals. "Anybody can beat anybody."
Times staff writers Lisa Dillman and Lance Pugmire contributed to this report.