Preds in Sochi

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 4:16 PM / Features
By Jimi Russell  - Nashville Predators

The rosters are set, preparations are in the works and hockey fans only need wait 31 more days until the 2014 Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia.

The Nashville Predators will have five representatives, but only three will actually put on skates for their home countries.

President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile is at the helm of Team USA this year, and he is looking to build off a strong silver medal performance by the Americans in 2010.

“It is the honor of a lifetime to serve my country in this capacity,” Poile said at the press conference in June. “To not only represent the United States and the sport, but to do it on the highest level of sporting competition, in an event that brings the world together, is a dream come true.”

This year’s games are Poile’s second stint serving in a management role at the Olympics. Poile was also a member of the U.S. National Team Advisory Group for the 2013 World Championships squad that earned is first medal (bronze) since 2004 after serving in a similar role in 2012, and as associate GM for the U.S.’s entries at the World Championships in 2009 and 2010, and was general manager at the 1998 and 1999 Worlds.

Joining Poile with Team USA is Nashville Predators Head Equipment Manager Pete Rogers. This will be Rogers second time serving as an equipment manager for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team after doing so at the 2006 Game in Torino.

The Rochester, N.Y., native has been Team USA’s equipment manager at seven International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championships (1998-2002, 2005, 2013), most recently serving on the staff of the 2013 U.S. Men’s National Team that captured the bronze medal in Finland/Sweden.

On the ice, Nashville’s dynamic defensive duo of Shea Weber and Roman Josi will both don their country’s crest in February.

For Weber, it is his second Olympics as a member of Team Canada, after winning Gold in Vancouver four years ago. During the 2010 edition of the tournament, he was named to the tournament’s All-Star Team after tying for second among blueliners in points (2g-4a). One of the memorable moments from Weber’s 2010 Olympics came when he put a shot through the net against the Germans in preliminary round play.

Prior to the 2010 Olympics, the Sicamous, B.C., native played in both the 2007 and 2009 World Championships and the 2005 World Juniors. At the 2009 World Championships, Weber earned a silver medal and was named the tournament’s best defenseman after posting 12 points (4g-8a) in nine games. In 28 international games for the Canadians, Weber has tallied 20 points (7g-13a).

Roman Josi makes his first appearance at the Olympics for his native Switzerland after missing the 2010 Games with an injury. Josi is no stranger to the international stage though, having taken to the ice in several international competitions since the 2007 World Junior Championships.

Since being draft by Nashville in the second round of the 2008 Entry Draft, Josi has posted 27 points (10g-17a) in 47 games for the Swiss. Most recently, Josi posted nine points (4g-5a) in 10 games to finish as the 2013 World Championship’s Most Valuable Player, Best Defenseman and as a member of the 2013 All-Star Team. The Bern native became the first Swiss player to earn MVP honors at an IIHF tournament.

Finally, forward Simon Moser, who is currently playing for the Milwaukee Admirals, will join Josi on the Swiss team. The Bern, Switzerland native ranks fifth in scoring (6g-9a-15pts) for the Admirals this season – his first in North America.

Moser has represented Switzerland in the last three World Championships, posting five points (3g-2a) in 10 games in their silver medal performance of 2013, the highest finish by the Swiss since 1935. He also helped Switzerland to a gold medal at the 2009 Division I World Junior Championships, and played in the 2007 Under-18 World Championships.

The work of Nashville’s scouts and hockey operations staff is littered throughout the Olympic rosters, beyond the three players mentioned above. In total, nine other Predators draftees or alumni representing eight nations were named to Olympic rosters over the past week.

In order to view this page you need JavaScript and Flash Player 9+ support!

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

nashvillepredators.com is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and nashvillepredators.com are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

NHL Ticket Exchange | Bridgestone Arena | Contact Us | Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map | AdChoices