Your! Call: Who was Team Canada's MVP at Sochi 2014?

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Mike Hetherington, TSN.ca Staff
2/23/2014 1:27:20 PM
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As Canada basks in a second consecutive gold medal in men's hockey at the Olympic Games, one question remains to be asked; who will be remembered as the team's most valuable player?

Perhaps the most obvious choice is goaltender Carey Price, who allowed just three goals against in five games and posted consecutive shutouts in the semifinal and gold medal games. Price also posted the longest shutout sequence since 1960 at 164:19 minutes. He stopped a combined 55 shots in Canada's final two games and 70 of 71 shots in Canada's three elimination games, allowing only a breakaway goal to Lauris Darzins of Latvia. For his efforts, Price was named best goalkeeper by the tournament directorate.

Price's outstanding play is marred only by the extremely strong defensive play of Canada's top six defencemen; Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester. Weber and Doughty, considering their play on defence and offence could also be deserving of the team's MVP.

Doughty, playing in his second career Olympics, scored four goals in the tournament for Canada, including the team's only two goals in their overtime win over Finland in the preliminary round. In total, Doughty notched six points in six games, tied for the team lead with Weber. Doughty was also the only Canadian named to the tournament all-star team by the media at Sochi 2014.

Weber, who scored twice for Canada at Vancouver 2010, scored three goals at Sochi 2014. His biggest goal came in the form of a game-winner in the third period of Canada's quarter-final match against Latvia. Weber also notched the most ice-time of any player on Team Canada, totalling 131 minutes. Doughty was third on the team with 115:05 minutes logged.

A major storyline for the Canadian team at Sochi was their inability to generate scoring from their forwards. Of Canada's 17 goals, seven goals came from Doughty and Weber, while Jamie Benn and Jeff Carter were the only forwards to score multiple goals for the team.

Carter scored a hat-trick in Canada's 6-0 rout of Austria and led all Canadian forwards with five points.

Benn scored in the team's opening game against Norway and scored the lone goal in Canada's 1-0 win over the United States in the semifinals.

With the lack of offence generated by forwards and the impact made by two of Canada's defensive superstars, very few players have strong statistic cases for the team's MVP.

Captain Sidney Crosby and alternate captain Jonathan Toews both scored in Canada's 3-0 gold medal victory over Sweden and led all forwards with 98:42 and 103:51 minutes, respectively.  However, both players totalled just three points in Canada's six games.

Given each player's impact, who do you believe was Team Canada's most valuable player at Sochi 2014? As always, it's Your! Call.

Carey Price - Canada  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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