Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and his linemate, Chris Kunitz, were among 25 players named to the Canadian Olympic Team, it was announced today by Hockey Canada.
Crosby will be appearing in the Olympics for the second time, while Kunitz will be making his debut.
Crosby is in the midst of another dominant campaign, leading all NHL players with 63 points (23G-40A) and placing fourth (tied) with 23 goals. He has been a staple of consistency for the injury-ravaged Penguins, collecting at least one point in 36 of Pittsburgh’s first 44 games.
Kunitz has proven to be a worthy sidekick to Crosby, as Kunitz ranks seventh in the NHL with 47 points. His 23 goals are tied with Crosby for second-most among all Canadian players behind only Chicago’s Patrick Sharp (25 goals).
In their past 80 games together over the previous two seasons, Crosby has 38 goals, 81 assists and 119 points, while Kunitz has 43 goals, 48 assists and 91 points.
Crosby was the hero of the 2010 Vancouver Games, scoring the overtime, game-winning goal in Canada’s 3-2 defeat of the United States in the gold medal game. He finished the ’10 Games with seven points (4G-3A) in seven games.
During the 2006 World Championships, Crosby became the youngest player to ever lead that tournament in scoring when he registered 16 points (8G-8A) as an 18 year old. He was named Best Forward and was voted onto the post-tournament All-Star Team.
Crosby twice represented Canada in the World Junior Championships, winning a gold medal in 2005 and a silver medal in ’04.
Kunitz has suited up for Canada on one previous occasion, the 2008 World Championship when he helped his team earn a silver medal by producing seven points (2G-5A) in nine contests.