Who makes the 2022 Canada Olympic men’s hockey roster?

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NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire‘s early Canada Olympic roster prediction for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, now that the NHL and NHLPA are one step closer to participating after skipping PyeongChang 2018 …

Goalies
Jordan Binnington (St. Louis Blues, 27)
Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers, 21)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens, 32)
Also in the hunt: Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals, 30), Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas Golden Knights, 35), Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins, 26)

OlympicTalk notes: It will be difficult for anyone to supplant Price, the best goalie from the 2014 Olympics with a .59 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and shutouts of the U.S. and Sweden in the medal round. That said, Binnington bettered Price’s stats the last two seasons and won the Stanley Cup as a rookie in 2019. Canada’s goalie depth is such that the 2017 Stanley Cup winner and both 2018 Stanley Cup finalists are in the “also in the hunt” tier.

Defensemen
Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators, 23)
Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings, 30)
Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins, 33)
Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche, 21)
Josh Morrissey (Winnipeg Jets, 25)
Colton Parayko (St. Louis Blues, 27)
Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues, 30)
Morgan Rielly (Toronto Maple Leafs, 26)
Also in the hunt: Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks, 35), Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers, 24), Ryan Ellis (Nashville Predators, 29), Dougie Hamilton (Carolina Hurricanes, 27), Shea Theodore (Vegas Golden Knights, 24)

OlympicTalk notes: Mark Giordano and Burns won two of the last three Norris Trophies, and Shea Weber is a two-time Olympian and all-tournament player in 2010, but they will be 38, 36 and 36 come the Olympics. Only Al MacInnis (2002) and Ray Bourque (1998) have been in that age range on Canadian Olympic teams in the NHL era. Enter the new generation, led by Makar and Chabot.

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Forwards
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins, 34)
Anthony Cirelli (Tampa Bay Lightning, 22)
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins, 32)
Sean Couturier (Philadelphia Flyers, 27)
Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche, 24)
Brad Marchand (Boston Bruins, 32)
Mitch Marner (Toronto Maple Leafs, 23)
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers, 23)
Ryan O’Reilly (St. Louis Blues, 29)
Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning, 24)
Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets, 27)
Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning, 30)
Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights, 28)
John Tavares (Toronto Maple Leafs, 29)
Also in the hunt: Mathew Barzal (New York Islanders, 23), Taylor Hall (Arizona Coyotes, 28), Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers, 27), Alexis Lafreniere (QMJHL, 18), Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars, 28)

OlympicTalk notes: Eleven of the 14 forwards on the predicted team play center in the NHL, but Canada is known for versatility in meshing superstars. Another center, Jonathan Toews, is one of Canada’s greatest all-time international forwards. But he will be 33 come the Beijing Games, trying to make the most competitive team in the Olympics at its deepest position. Crosby, who will be 34 come 2022, might be looking at his last Olympics. But a fourth team in Italy in 2026 would be storybook, given he was controversially left off the 2006 Torino Games roster at age 18 (and Canada ended up losing in the quarterfinals).

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Jim Redmond, who helped son Derek finish 1992 Olympic race, dies

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Jim Redmond, who helped his injured son, Derek, finish his 1992 Olympic 400m semifinal, died at age 81 on Sunday, according to the British Olympic Association, citing family members.

At the 1992 Barcelona Games, Derek pulled his right hamstring 15 seconds into his 400m semifinal, falling to the track in anguish.

He brushed off help from officials, got up and began limping around the track. About 120 meters from the finish line, he felt the presence of an uncredentialed man who rushed down the stadium stairs, dodged officials and reportedly said, “We started this together, and we’re going to finish this together.”

“As I turned into the home straight, I could sense this person was about to try and stop me,” Derek said in an NBC Olympics profile interview before the 2012 London Games. “I was just about to get ready to sort of fend them off, and then I heard a familiar voice of my dad. He said, ‘Derek, it’s me. You don’t need to do this.'”

Derek said he shouted to his dad that he wanted to finish the race.

“He was sort of saying things like, ‘You’ve got nothing to prove. You’re a champion. You’ll come back. You’re one of the best guys in the world. You’re a true champion. You’ve got heart. You’re going to get over this. We’ll conquer the world together,'” Derek remembered. “I’m just sort of saying, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.'”

At one point, Derek noticed stadium security, not knowing who Jim was, having removed guns from their holsters.

“It’s the only time I’ve ever heard my dad use bad language,” Derek said. “He just goes, ‘Leave him alone, I’m his father.'”

Derek told himself in that moment, “I’m going to finish this race if it’s the last race I ever run.” It turned out to be the last 400m race of his career, after surgery and 18 months of rehab were not enough to yield a competitive comeback, according to Sports Illustrated.

Derek had missed the 1988 Seoul Games after tearing an Achilles, reportedly while warming up for his opening race. He looked strong in Barcelona, winning his first-round heat and quarterfinal.

“I’d rather be seen to be coming last in the semifinal than not finish in the semifinal,” he said, “because at least I can say I gave it my best.”

Asher Hong leads U.S. men’s gymnastics world team selection camp after first day

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Asher Hong, 18, posted the highest all-around score on the first of two days of competition at the U.S. men’s gymnastics selection camp to determine the last three spots on the team for the world championships that start in three weeks.

Hong, bidding to become the youngest U.S. man to compete at worlds since Danell Leyva in 2009, totaled 84.6 points in Colorado Springs. He edged Colt Walker by one tenth. Tokyo Olympians Shane Wiskus (84.15) and Yul Moldauer (83.95) were next. Full apparatus-by-apparatus scores are here.

Brody Malone, who repeated as U.S. all-around champion at August’s national championships, and runner-up Donnell Whittenburg already clinched spots on the five-man team for worlds in Liverpool, Great Britain. They did not compete Monday, though their results from the first day of nationals are shown in the official scores.

The three remaining team spots will not necessarily go to the top three all-arounders at this week’s camp, which is supposed to be weighed equally with results from August’s nationals. Hong was third at nationals, but if excluding difficulty bonus points from that meet that will not be considered by the committee, would have finished behind Walker and Moldauer in August.

A selection committee is expected to announce the team soon after the second and final day of selection camp competition on Wednesday evening. The committee will look at overall scoring potential for the world team final, where three men go per apparatus, and medal potential in individual events.

Stephen Nedoroscik, who last year became the first American to win a world title on the pommel horse, is trying to make the team solely on that apparatus. He wasn’t at his best at nationals and struggled again on Monday, hurting his chances of displacing an all-arounder for one of the last three spots.

The U.S. has reason to emphasize the team event over individual medals at this year’s worlds. It will clinch an Olympic berth by finishing in the top three, and its medal hopes are boosted by the absence of the Russians who won the Olympic team title. All gymnasts from Belarus and Russia are banned indefinitely from international competition due to the war in Ukraine.

In recent years, the U.S. has been among the nations in the second tier behind China, Japan and Russia, including in Tokyo, where the Americans were fifth.

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