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Three Sharks named Olympians
Thornton, Ehrhoff & Goc get the call
12/21/05 - by Mike Lee

Canada and Germany announced their rosters for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy on Wednesday. Joe Thornton was named to Team Canada, but Sharks captain Patrick Marleau did not make the final cut. Marleau was snubbed in favor of the likes of Todd Bertuzzi, Kris Draper, Simon Gagne and Ryan Smyth. Germany announced that Christian Ehrhoff and Marcel Goc will represent Deutschland in February.

This will mark the first Olympic appearance for Thornton and Goc. Ehrhoff played for Germany in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Thornton has represented Canada at the 2001 & 2005 IIHF Men's World Championship, 2004 World Cup of Hockey, 1997 IIHF World Junior Championships and the Canadian Under-18 team at the Pacific Cup in 1996.

He was named Tournament MVP in 2005 and named to the 2005 World Championship All-Star Team. His 16 points (six goals, ten assists) in nine games rank him third all-time among Team Canada scorers in an individual World Championship Tournament.

Goc has competed with Team Germany at the 2001, 2003, and 2005 World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Goc played on his first of three successive German teams at the Under-20 World Junior Championships (B-Pool) in 1999. His other international experience includes competing at the Under-18 World Junior Championships in 2000 and the Under-20 World Junior Championship (A-Pool) in 2002.

He was one of Germany's finals cuts in 2002 in Salt Lake City, after suffering an injury which limited his skating.

Ehrhoff has appeared with Team Germany in the 2002, 2003, and 2005 World Championships, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2002 Olympic Games.

Marleau was a contender for one of the thirteen forward positions available on the Team Canada roster, but his mediocre play at the 2005 World Championships failed to sway Canadian hockey officials.

Scott Hannan also represented Team Canada in the 2005 World Championships, where he played substantial minutes but his poor start this season eliminated him from consideration.

Canada elected to go with bigger players like Bertuzzi, Adam Foote and Ed Jovanovski who punish opponents. Rick Nash, one of the thirteen forwards named, played in his first game of the season earlier this week after returning from a knee injury.

Rosters announced Wednesday:

Germany, announced on Dec. 21
11 players remain from Salt Lake City-02
17 played at the World Cup of Hockey-04
16 played at the World Championship-05

11 first-time Olympic participants

Position

Name

Club name

Goaltender

Olaf Kölzig - 1

Washington Capitals

Goaltender

Robert Müller - 1

Krefeld Pinguine

Goaltender

Thomas Greiss - 0

Kölner Haie

Defense

Sascha Goc - 0

Adler Mannheim

Defense

Christian Ehrhoff - 1

San Jose Sharks

Defense

Christoph Schubert - 1

Ottawa Senators

Defense

Stefan Schauer - 0

Nürnberg Ice Tigers

Defense

Andreas Renz - 1

Kölner Haie

Defense

Alexander Sulzer - 0

DEG Metro Stars

Defense

Lasse Kopitz - 0

Kölner Haie

Defense

Dennis Seidenberg - 1

Philadelphia Flyers

Forward

Stefan Ustorf - 3

Eisbären Berlin

Forward

Jochen Hecht - 2

Buffalo Sabres

Forward

Marco Sturm - 2

Boston Bruins

Forward

Daniel Kreutzer - 1

DEG Metro Stars

Forward

Alexander Barta - 0

Hamburg Freezers

Forward

Thomas Martinec - 0

Nürnberg Ice Tigers

Forward

Eduard Lewandowski - 0

Kölner Haie

Forward

Klaus Kathan - 1

DEG Metro Stars

Forward

Marcel Goc - 0

San Jose Sharks

Forward

Michael Hackert - 0

Frankfurt Lions

Forward

Petr Fical - 0

Nürnberg Ice Tigers

Forward

Jan Benda - 3

HC Litvinov


Canada, announced on Dec. 21
10 players remain from Salt Lake City-02
5 players remain from Nagano-98
18 played at the World Cup of Hockey-04
13 played at the World Championship-05
13 first-time Olympic participants

Position

Name

Club name

Goaltender

Martin Brodeur - 2

New Jersey Devils

Goaltender

Roberto Luongo - 0

Florida Panthers

Goaltender

Marty Turco - 0

Dallas Stars

Defense

Rob Blake - 2

Colorado Avalanche

Defense

Ed Jovanovski - 1

Vancouver Canucks

Defense

Chris Pronger - 2

Edmonton Oilers

Defense

Wade Redden - 0

Ottawa Senators

Defense

Robyn Regehr - 0

Calgary Flames

Defense

Adam Foote - 2

Columbus Blue Jackets

Defense

Scott Niedermayer - 1

Anaheim Mighty Ducks

Forward

Simon Gagne - 1

Philadelphia Flyers

Forward

Dany Heatley - 0

Ottawa Senators

Forward

Jarome Iginla - 1

Calgary Flames

Forward

Vincent Lecavalier - 0

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forward

Brad Richards - 0

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forward

Joe Sakic - 2

Colorado Avalanche

Forward

Joe Thornton - 0

San José Sharks

Forward

Todd Bertuzzi - 0

Vancouver Canucks

Forward

Shane Doan - 0

Phoenix Coyotes

Forward

Kris Draper - 0

Detroit Red Wings

Forward

Rick Nash - 0

Columbus Blue Jackets

Forward

Martin St. Louis - 0

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forward

Ryan Smyth - 1

Edmonton Oilers


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