This will mark Sturm’s third Olympic Games having represented Germany at the 1998 and 2002 Olympics. This would have been his fourth Olympic games, but Sturm, who was set to be captain in 2006, had to withdraw due to injury.
He has represented Germany in one World Junior Championship (1995), three World Championships (1997, 2001 and 2008) and one World Cup (2004).
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense