February 12, 2014 1:30 pm
Updated: February 12, 2014 4:31 pm

Carey Price named starter against Norway, Luongo gets call for Austria game


Watch the video above: Team Canada players Dan Hamhuis and Patrick Sharp discuss Carey Price getting the start in Canada’s opening game vs. Norway

Carey Price will start in goal when Canada’s men’s hockey team plays its first game at the Sochi Olympics.

Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock said the Montreal Canadiens goalie will start against Norway on Thursday.

Vancouver Canucks’ netminder Roberto Luongo will start in Canada’s second game against Austria on Friday.

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Team Canada players’ Dan Hamhuis and Patrick Sharp said they would have been happy with any of the team’s three netminders starting the tournament.

“We’re confident with any of our goalies that get the start,” said Hamhuis, a defenceman for the Canucks. “They’ve all looked really good coming down the stretch here to the Olympics and in practice – it’s tough to score on them. It’s a tough decision for the coaches, but I don’t think there’s a wrong one.”

Sharp agreed, saying that every player on Team Canada is ready to go.

“You look at every player that’s here, they’re all capable of playing whether it’s a goaltender, defenceman, or forward,” said Sharp.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward said while he doesn’t get a lot of playing time against Price in the NHL regular season, he knows he’s a tough guy to score on.

Thursday’s game will be Price’s Olympic debut. Luongo was in goal when Canada won the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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