Several Bruins players have been chosen for the Olympic hockey teams of their home countries.
Center Patrice Bergeron was named to Canada’s Olympic team for the second time. Bergeron was a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.
“Obviously really excited,” Bergeron said. “It’s a huge honor just to be named to that team and to be part of that 25. To have a chance to represent your country is always something very special and something I take a lot of pride in. Looking forward to it.”
Goalie Tuukka Rask will play for Finland, and center David Krejci is on the Czech Republic team. Bruins defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara will be the captain of Slovakia in his third Olympics.
“You’re carrying the whole nation on your back as a team, kind of,” Rask said. “For us as Finnish players, expectations are always high. Our roster might not be the best out there, but people still expect us to succeed out there.
“It’s a little different expectations than your club teams but then again you’re playing with your countrymen and for your country. It’s a special experience.”
Left wing Loui Eriksson, acquired in the trade that sent Tyler Seguin to the Stars in the summer, was named to Sweden’s Olympics team.
Tuesday was the deadline for nations to declare their rosters for the Olympics, which begin Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia. The Olympic hockey tournament begins Feb. 12, and the NHL will take a break for the Olympics after its games of Feb. 8 and resume play on Feb. 26.
Bruins coach Claude Julien is an assistant coach for Team Canada, and general manager Peter Chiarelli is part of Canada’s management team.
There are no Bruins players on Team USA, which announced its roster on Jan. 1.
“I actually knew it before, a couple weeks before the coach called me and told me he wanted me to be on the team,” Krejci said Monday. “But nothing was official until today. Obviously my friends and my family started texting me. It’s pretty cool and it’s obviously an honor to play for my country.”
Krejci also played for the Czech Republic in the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.
“I like [the team’s] chances,” Krejci said. “Obviously everybody’s talking about Canada, US, Sweden, Russia, but we still have some good players. In a tournament like that, it’s only a matter of one game.”
Forward Milan Lucic was considered for Team Canada and invited to its orientation camp, but was not among the 25 players chosen for the final roster.