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Olympic Primer: Team Canada

Monday, 02.10.2014 / 12:39 PM ET
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John Tavares bolsters an already-stacked Canadian roster at the 2014 Olympics, joining a who’s-who of the NHL's elite. Among others, the Islanders captain joins Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf, Duncan Keith and Shea Weber, as Canada goes for consecutive gold medals and a third in four Olympic Games.

The Canadians draw into Group B, which features Finland, Austria and Norway. While natural rivals USA and Russia are in Group A, Tavares faces off against Islanders teammates Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner in preliminary action.

With Canada's depth at center, Tavares may see time on the wing, but that doesn't faze the Oakville, Ont., native, who is excited to participate in his first Olympics and add to his already-sterling resume.

Tavares ranks third in NHL scoring with 66 points (24G/42A) in 59 games for the Islanders this season. He’s represented Canada at three world championships (2010, 2011, 2012) and won gold at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships.
2014 Sochi Olympics
Team Canada Schedule
2/13* Canada vs. Norwary 12:00 p.m. USA
2/14* Canada vs. Austria 12:00 p.m. USA
2/16* Canada vs. Finland 12:00 p.m. USA
* Preliminary

Canada kicks off their Olympic schedule Thursday against Team Norway at noon (Eastern Standard Time).

Watch: Tavares and NHLers land in Sochi


Read: Olympic Primer: Team Austria

Read: Olympic Primer: Team USA

Watch: Tavares Gets Olympic Call

Read: Group B Preview (NHL.com)

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
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16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
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J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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