Flyers Olympians: Giroux Snubbed From Canada; Voracek Among Named to Olympics
The Canadian Olympic ice hockey team was announced today.
Much like the displeasure of many American fans on the snubbing of certain athletes such as Ottawa's Bobby Ryan, the Islanders' Kyle Okposo and Phoenix's Keith Yandle, a few Canadian exclusions have people upset, including an entire fan base of Flyers fans.
Claude Giroux, team captain and "best player in the world" according to Peter Laviolette, was left off the Canadian team. A lot of people are seeing red, or orange for that matter.
Giroux has 12 goals and 26 assists on the season, and has been on fire the last few weeks for the Flyers. He's also one of the game's top playmakers and puck-carriers, adding a lot to a game that will be on the much bigger international ice in Socchi.
What likely kept Giroux off the roster is their overabundance of centers. Though Giroux was originally drafted as a right winger and can play the position, Canada's choic to go with natural right wingers is the likely reason.
This isn't entirely bad news for everyone else, though.
Giroux can rest up for an important second half strethc of the season. He will also most likely play a whole new level of inspired hockey that is seen in players snubbed of honors, including one as great as being an Olympian.
And most importantly, since 99% of Flyers fans are American it helps that the best team in the world won't have one of the best players in the world on it.
Timonen, Meszaros, Raffl, Voracek, Streit to the Olympics
Canada wasn't the only country announcing its Olympic teams today. Finland and Slovakia also announced their teams and two Flyers were added to the Olympic collection.
Kimmo Timonen will join Finland for a fifth and final time in his illustrious career. Andrej Meszaros will represent Slovakia for a third time.
Timonen has two goals and 11 assists in 42 games for the Flyers. Meszaros has a goal and five assists in 22 games.
On Dec. 30, Michael Raffl became the first Flyer officially announced to an Olympic team, getting the call to represent Austria for the first time. He is currently out with a concussion but should be ready for the games in Socchi.
Raffl had an impressive December, scoring all but one of his 11 points (two goals, nine assists) on the season during.
Yesterday, Jakub Voracek was named to the Czech Republic team along with former Flyers Jaromir Jagr and Petr Nedved, who are both in their 40's. Mark Streit will join Switzerland for the third time in his career.
Voracek, named to his first Olympics as well, has 10 goals and 19 assists on the year. Streit has five goals and 14 assists.
Both Voracek and Streit have been playing much better hockey the past couple of weeks after slow starts to their season.