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Crosby headlines Olympic squad

AFP-JIJI

Sidney Crosby, whose golden goal in overtime brought Canada the 2010 Winter Olympic crown, was among 11 NHL players named Tuesday to Canada’s Olympic squad for the Sochi Games.

Crosby took a pass from Jarome Iginla and fired the winning goal in the championship game against the United States to bring Canada the Olympic gold medal on home ice at Vancouver four years ago.

“With the depth of talent in Canada, these players should be very proud of their nomination today and excited about the opportunity that we all have to represent our country in Sochi in February,” Hockey Canada executive director Steve Yzerman said.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star forward was joined on the 25-man roster for next month’s Winter Olympics in Russia by six forwards, three defenseman and goaltender Roberto Luongo from the 2010 gold-medal squad.

Others from the 2010 team hoping to repeat the feat at Sochi include defensemen Duncan Keith, Shea Weber and Drew Doughty and forwards Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Marleau.