CHICAGO -- There were plenty of smiles in the Blackhawks' dressing room not long after the bulk of the rosters for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, were announced.
There were some frowns too.
Eight Hawks were named to their countries' teams Tuesday, joining Patrick Kane and Michal Rozsival, who previously were selected for Team USA and the Czech Republic, respectively.
Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith were named to Team Canada, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger and Johnny Oduya to Team Sweden and Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus for Slovakia.
"Winning two Stanley Cups stand out as the highlights of my career, but playing for Team Canada was a huge goal of mine on an individual level and to be able to make that come true means a lot to me," said Sharp, who was left off the '10 team that won the gold in Vancouver.
The veteran was considered to be on the bubble at the beginning of the selection process but left no doubt during the first half of the NHL season that he belonged on Team Canada with his torrid play.
"I just got out of the shower and had a voicemail," Sharp said. "I was surprised I didn't have (my phone) in the shower with me. I listened to the voicemail a couple of more times and confirmed that I was going. It was a special moment."
At the other end of the spectrum were Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford, both considered strong candidates who in the end didn't make Canada's team. They, too, received calls Tuesday with news.
"I got a call (and) I got pretty excited and then I got the bad news," said Seabrook, who was a member of Team Canada in '10 and is having perhaps his finest season with the Hawks.
"Canada has a lot of great players. "I'm looking forward to watching, maybe having a few beers and relaxing over the (three-week) break."
Crawford appeared dejected following practice. The goaltender's chances to join Team Canada likely took a hit when he missed three weeks with a groin injury.
"It's pretty disappointing," he said. "I didn't make it, so move on, focus on our team and winning games here."
On whether missing so much time with the injury hurt his chances, Crawford said: "I have no clue what they were thinking, if that was a factor or not. They know how I can play."
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