*Edit: Team BC now has centres. Not the same since Yzerman and Sakic retired, but better than none!
It's not my fault.
We got to talking about the Atlanta-Chicago trade, and it was noticed that Atlanta picked up two black players, and how that would be a good idea for marketing there (see also: Simmonds in LA; Ward in Nashville). That led to thoughts of Vancouver calling up Prab Rai and trading for Brandon Yip and Evander Kane, which led to bringing back all the BC players, which led to thoughts about the old "Canada entering three hockey teams in the Olympics" joke, which caused this. Plus, having a broken leg means I'm sitting around WAY more than could ever be considered healthy.
So it's not my fault.
First things first: the poll is at the bottom. Go there first, then check out the teams. Hey, I'm old: I'm allowed to get Teh Intertubes wrong!So, with excuses made, here are various and sundry regions producing their own faux-Olympic teams. Everyone here is an NHL player or, in the case of one team, close to it. Interestingly, last time I tried this in 2003, I had to lump BC players in with "everywhere else in Canada" to come up with a full tea; but it looks like we've really upped our game.
I went with birthplace only, as there was no way I was going to bother looking up everyone's nationality or where they played junior or any other such nonsense. I'm bored, but still far too lazy for that! The players aren't in any particular order, either. You want to build lines out of them, or point out where I went horribly wrong, or bring up names you think I missed or should have kept off the teams, go for it.
Spare D: Kurtis Foster
Spare O: Marc Savard
Spare D: Marc-Andre Bergeron
Spare O: Alexandre Burrows
Spare D: Bryce Salvador
Spare O: Scottie Upshall
Spare D: Cody Franson
Spare O: Kyle Turris
Team Maritimes, North & Alaska (Honorary Canadians)
Spare D: Nathan McIver
Spare O: Brandon Dubinsky
Team Surprise Me (Everywhere Else in the World)
Spare D: Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
Yeah, I did teams for Russia, the US (minus Alaska), Czech/Slovakia, and Finden (Sweden and Finland), but they weren't all that different from their Olympic teams, except that my Team Russia would have had a better chance of winning since they didn't have to carry KHL players for political reasons.
What surprised me most was the sheer number of centres coming from the Maritimes. That, and that there's a town in Latvia called Ogre. Really: Oskars Bartulis comes from there.