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Your Call: Who should be the captain for Team Canada?

Isaac Owusu,
1/8/2014 12:50:21 PM
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Team Canada's roster announcement on Tuesday generated plenty of discussion, but deciding who should wear the 'C' brings even more debate.

The two likeliest players to be named captain of Canada's Olympic men's hockey team for Sochi appear to be Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby.

Toews' resume is quite extensive: two-time Stanley Cup winning captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, three All-Star appearances, Conn Smythe trophy winner, Selke award winner, and member of the Triple Gold Club (Olympic gold, World Championship gold and Stanley Cup winner). He has won five gold medals for Team Canada in six international appearances, with the exception bringing a silver medal. Do these credentials warrant him the right to be named captain for Sochi?

Or should it be the man responsible for the "Golden Goal", arguably the greatest Team Canada moment in international play since Paul Henderson's 1972 Summit Series winner?

Crosby, named the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins in his third NHL season at age 19, has built quite an illustrious trophy case himself since his debut in 2005. The four-time NHL All-Star has an Art Ross Trophy, a Hart Trophy, a pair of Lester B. Pearson/Ted Lindsay Awards, and a Rocket Richard trophy to go along with a Stanley Cup title.

Crosby's international resume shows slightly less volume than Toews, with two gold medals and a silver in five international appearances. But both players are unquestionably winners and leaders at both the NHL and international levels. How much should their international careers play into the decision?

For all of the attention on Crosby and Toews, there are three other NHL captains who have spots on the Team Canada roster.

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), John Tavares (New York Islanders) and Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) all wear the 'C' in the NHL. Has their time come for a bigger international honour?

Who do you want to see lead Team Canada?

As always, it's Your! Call.

Sidney Crosby Jonathan Toews (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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