Bruins exec Don Sweeney named assistant GM of Team Canada's 2022 Olympic team

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Bruins exec Don Sweeney named assistant GM of Canada's 2022 Olympic team originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

NHL players will return to the Winter Olympics in 2022 after the league's stars did not participate in the 2018 Winter Games, and Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney will play a key role in which guys are selected to the next Team Canada squad.

Sweeney was named Team Canada's assistant general manager on Wednesday. St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was named Canada's general manager.

B's have great chance to make February run with healthy roster, weak schedule

Armstrong, Sweeney and others will be tasked with building Canada's roster that will compete in Beijing next year.

Canada has the most talented and deepest pool of players, but that doesn't make selecting its roster an easy task. With so many good players to choose from at each position, a lot of stars will be left out. 

The Bruins have two players deserving of selection to Team Canada's 2022 Olympic roster.

B's center Patrice Bergeron, who has represented Canada quite a bit in his career -- including Olympic gold medal wins in 2010 and 2014 -- absolutely should return. Bergeron's left winger on Boston's top line, Brad Marchand, should be an easy selection. Marchand has scored above a point-per-game level in each of the last four seasons for the Bruins, and he's on pace to do so again this year.

One projection from Thomas Drance of The Athletic has a Canadian second line of Marchand at left wing, Sidney Crosby at center and Bergeron at right wing. That trio would be a lot of fun to watch for Bruins fans.