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Pyeongchang 2018: Hockey Canada unveils men's Olympic roster amid fan apathy

12 January, 2018, 12:12 | Author: Joan Malone
  • 3 former Blackhawks named to Canada's Olympics hockey team

However, one name that may sound familiar is former National Hockey League vet and Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Roy.

"We need to play games to form as a team", said Desjardins, who had the bulk of his roster play in at least four tourney games during the evaluation process that looked at 100 players.

Also missing from the entire roster is the presence of any junior players, despite Hockey Canada having "full support" from the Canadian Hockey League. 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).

The team will be coached by former Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins who is from Climax with one of his assistants being Saskatoon's Dave King.

Canada's 2014 Olympic team was star-studded with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Carey Price, John Tavares and Jonathan Toews, The 25-man roster's one-year salary cap hit was more than US$150 million, according to the Hockey News.

A pair of athletes who spent their college careers in Potsdam were named to the United States and Canadian Olympic men's hockey teams respectively Thursday. Peters plays in Germany, Scrivens in the KHL and Poulin for a Croatian team that plays in the Austrian league. "It will be a gold medal effort, and there won't be one guy who puts his jersey on that this isn't the highlight of his hockey career". "The average Canadian fan watches the Olympics because it's the Olympics and so I think they're going (to watch)", said Stellick.

All three played for Team USA at November's Deutschland Cup in Germany, the lone pre-Olympic tournament for the US men's national team. He has been with EHC München the last three seasons after playing for six American Hockey League teams from 2007-08 through 2014-15.

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Instead, Canada's lineup features former NHLers such as Mason Raymond and Gilbert Brule.

He earned All-America honors twice while at UND and now plays in Finland in the KHL. Many of them were part of the team that won the Spengler Cup hockey tournament in Davos, Switzerland over the holidays.

Canada's training camp starts January 28 in Latvia, with exhibition games in Riga on February 4 against Latvia and February 6 against Belarus. "... These guys are both pros, they're both every experienced on the Europe ice, and they have the ability to keep their team in the game".

He came in as a walk-on and played in only five games for Clarkson in his first season, where he was the team's third-string goalie.

"We had all three at the Deutschland Cup ... and they've all had really solid years", said USA head coach Tony Granato.

Before it was all about best-on-best and a collection of professional players taking over the Olympic show, hockey was still a big-time draw for Canadians at the Winter Games. "I think you've got to embrace it and run with it and thrive from it".

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