Hockey Canada announces 2018 men's Olympic roster

Hockey Canada announces 2018 men's Olympic roster

Forwards Gilbert Brule, Mason Raymond, Derek Roy and Wojtek Wolski and goaltender Ben Scrivens are former National Hockey League veterans on the team.

When USA Hockey announced its men's and women's Olympic teams at the NHL Winter Classic on January 1, it left two spots open on the men's team for additional goalies. And if things get greasy, it's good to know Canada's 32-year-old Swiss-league fixture Maxim Lapierre has played nearly as many NHL games (614) as he has compiled NHL penalty minutes (586).

"All of our players, somewhere along the line, they've been told, "No" - they're not going to get a chance to continue their National Hockey League career or even start it", Canada head coach Willie Desjardins said.

And as unlikely as that might seem given the 25-man roster of European-based players Hockey Canada unveiled Thursday, Desjardins believes his crew will be armed with a work ethic capable of conquering all obstacles.

But with the league holding its talent back during the 2018 games, Team Canada, like other nations, has a roster of players now skating in pro leagues overseas and in North American minor leagues.

Desjardins is joined on the coaching staff by one former Canuck, Scott Walker, who was drafted by the Canucks in 1993 and played parts of four season in Vancouver. After helping the Canadians capture the gold medal at Davos, Switzerland, Kelly signed another PTO with the B-Sens and played for the club in a 3-2 O.T. win over Rochester Wednesday night in Belleville.

"Not knowing the complete rosters of all the other teams, I love our team", Gionta said. They've stuck with it, they won't give up ...

To give you an idea of the calibre of talent that will be joining Raymond, Kelly and Scrivens for a pre-Olympic training camp that begins January 28 in Latvia, consider that the best player named to the roster - at least, in terms of relevant in-season statistics - is probably Linden Vey.

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Rene Bourque, who spent three seasons with the Hawks from 2005-08 during which he scored 33 goals in 183 games, is the most recognizable of the three.

All but three of the Canadian players are now plying their trade in European leagues, with 13 of them coming from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Training camp starts January 28 in Latvia.

"I think Canadians are going to get behind this team".

The OAR team has not been announced, but the players chosen will have to prove they are clean in order to be eligible in PyeongChang.

"When we were interviewing Willie for the job one thing that stuck with me is he said: 'I don't think people really care the level of player they're going to watch at the Olympics".

The 12-nation men's hockey tournament at the 2018 Games goes from February 14-25 at the Gangneung Hockey Centre and the Kwandong Hockey Centre.

"It was a pretty special moment", Quinton said.

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