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.
- 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.
- 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.