BY: John Mamola
It was announced earlier today that Tampa Bay Lightning RW Martin St. Louis has been named to Team Canada's olympic hockey team.
St. Louis addressed the media following Thursday's morning skate to speak about his selection. Click below to here St. Louis' press conference in its entirety.
Below is the official release from HockeyCanada.ca
"SOCHI, Russia – Hockey Canada announced Thursday that forward Martin St-Louis (Laval, Que./Tampa Bay, NHL) has been added to Canada’s National Men’s Team roster for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Hockey Canada was informed Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Lightning that Steven Stamkos (Unionville, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL) has not been cleared for game participation and will not represent Canada due to injury.
With the addition of St-Louis, Canada’s roster includes 25 players, including three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards.
The men’s Olympic hockey tournament begins Wednesday, Feb. 12, with Canada’s first game on Thursday, Feb. 13 against Norway. The tournament culminates with the gold medal game on Feb. 23. In the Olympic preliminary round, Canada also faces off against Austria on Friday, Feb. 14 and Finland on Sunday, Feb. 16. All of these games take place at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi."