Steve Yzerman wants to build a hockey team.
The executive director of the Canadian Olympic men's team said that repeatedly earlier this week after officially announcing his coaching staff and 47-man roster for its orientation camp to be held in late August in Calgary.
"We're not putting together a team for an NHL All-Star Game, we're putting together the best possible team we can to compete against the best players in the world and try and win a gold medal," Yzerman said Monday. "Part of that comes with picking players who can do specific things for us."
Another part of building a hockey team, in an ideal world, is having three right-handed and three left-handed defensemen in the lineup. However, for one of the only times since the NHL has sent its players to the Olympics, the Canadian team may be heavily weighted to one side of the ice, and it's not the side most would assume.