There's no need for a build-up. So let's get to it!
Sidney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins
-The best player on the planet was born in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Yesss!!!
Jonathan Toews - Chicago Blackhawks
-The only question is will he, or will he not wear the 'C'?
Steven Stamkos - Tampa Bay Lightning
-Stamkos will be ready. And he will be one of the most exciting players in the tournament.
John Tavares - New York Islanders
-Surrounded by elite talents, who knows what he'll be capable of?
Ryan Getzlaf - Anaheim Ducks
-He's never disappointed when wearing the Maple Leaf. Just a beauty.
Corey Perry - Anaheim Ducks
-Scoring is a guaranteed. Perry will be a very important player for Team Canada.
Brent Burns - San Jose Sharks
-My dark horse. Big, with speed and skill. The type of player that separates Canada's team from the others.
Jamie Benn - Dallas Stars
-He can play every forward position. And he's been a dominating presence this season
Martin St. Louis - Tampa Bay Lightning
-He can skate, he can score, and he'll provide this team with a ton of leadership.
Matt Duchene - Colorado Avalanche
-Maybe the shiftiest player in the NHL. He'll be unstoppable on the big ice.
Patrice Bergeron - Boston Bruins
-Consistently responsible and dependable. A perfect player for a short tournament.
Logan Couture - San Jose Sharks
-A nasty player who can put up points. You need guys like this to win a gold medal.
Patrick Sharp - Chicago Blackhawks
-A player who can play on a checking line, or on the power-play. He'll play a big role.
James Neal - Pittsburgh Penguins
-Has quietly scored 34 points in 24 games this season. Those kind of numbers merit a spot on the team.
Shea Weber - Nashville Predators
-As far as I'm concerned, he's the best in the league. A rare breed who can do it all.
Drew Doughty - Los Angeles Kings
-A fantastic skater, with grittiness and swagger. He'll be a key component to Canada's success.
Duncan Keith - Chicago Blackhawks
-A warrior in every sense of the word. I can't imagine this team without him.
Brent Seabrook - Chicago Blackhawks
-Can play in every role imaginable. One of the NHL's most underrated players.
Alex Pietrangelo - St. Louis Blues
-Brings a little of everything. Could earn more responsibility as the tournament moves on.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - San Jose Sharks
-Skillfull, yet dependable. He'll serve as a key piece of the puzzle.
Jay Bouwmeester - St. Louis Blues
-He's having an excellent season, and has always performed well on the big ice.
PK Subban - Montreal Canadiens
-Will come in handy against a pesky team like the Finns or the Swiss. Subban deserves to be in Sochi.
Carey Price - Montreal Canadiens
-He's been excellent this season. And if he can handle the pressure in Montreal, he can handle this.
Roberto Luongo - Vancouver Canucks
-Luongo has been consistently solid this year. And he's always played well when representing Canada.
Corey Crawford - Chicago Blackhawks
-He knows how to win, and he's more than capable of making a big save.
Dan Boyle - San Jose Sharks
-He brings a lot. But too many guys bring more than he does.
Dan Hamhuis - Vancouver Canucks
-Had a poor start. And just not where the rest of the defense is.
Chris Kunitz - Pittsburgh Penguins
-I'd like to think that the players I picked would make it regardless of the teams they play for. So I'm not picking Kunitz simply because he's fortunate enough to play on the same line as Sidney Crosby.
Claude Giroux - Philadelphia Flyers
-His slow start to the season should cost him a spot.
-I love this player. But I just don't see him fitting in.
Andrew Ladd - Winnipeg Jets
-I would love to see him go to Sochi, but I just couldn't find a way to fit him in.
Taylor Hall - Edmonton Oilers
-Just not responsible enough to play for this country, at this level.
Joe Thornton - San Jose Sharks
-The NHL's assist leader can't get into the top six, so he can't be on the team.
-Does so many things right. But not intense enough to crack this line-up.
Mike Smith - Phoenix Coyotes
-If it's between him and Crawford for the third spot, I'll take the guy who's won the Cup.