Sharks star Joe Thornton, who was leading the NHL with 43 assists entering Tuesday’s games, was left off the roster despite helping Canada win gold four years ago in Vancouver. Marleau was a member of the 2010 Canadian team and recorded two goals and three assists in seven Olympic games. This will be the first Olympics appearance for Vlasic.
As for Niami, it be his first major international tournament appearance for Finland.
The Sharks’ Joe Pavelski was previously announced as a member of the U.S. team.
Couture to undergo surgery: The Sharks announced forward Logan Couture will undergo surgery today for an upper-body injury. Mutliple reports indicate it is for a hand injury and Couture is expected to miss three-to-four weeks.
General manager Doug Wilson said Tuesday that Couture has been playing with the injury for several weeks and decided to have surgery when it did not respond as hoped. Wilson said the team will have a better idea after the operation of how much time Couture will miss.