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Hockey Canada unveils men's 2018 Olympic roster

12 January, 2018, 06:18 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Hockey Canada unveils men's 2018 Olympic roster

General manager Sean Burke and head coach Willie Desjardins don't have that luxury for next month's Games, as the National Hockey League decided not to send players to the Olympics for the first time since 1994.

Linden Vey from Wakaw, Sask. made the team, along with former Moose Jaw Warrior Quinton Howden.

Badgers coach Tony Granato, who played in the 1988 Games, is the coach of this year's U.S. Olympic team, which does not feature any former Badgers players.

Hockey Canada drew talent Thursday from seven different leagues across North America and Europe after the NHL bowed out of competing in South Korea.

The lone Vancouverite is defenceman Stefan Elliott, a former Colorado Avalanche draft pick who's played 84 National Hockey League games with the Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators since his 2009 draft year.

"It has been an exciting journey to arrive at this 25-player roster, and I want to congratulate these players on earning their place in history to represent Canada on the biggest sporting stage in the world - the Olympic Winter Games", said general manager Sean Burke at the unveiling of the team.

Hockey Canada made the announcement on Thursday. We used them in multiple events.




More than 100 players participated in four pre-Olympic tournaments to help with the decision-making.

"We had all three at the Deutschland Cup ... and they've all had really solid years", said USA head coach Tony Granato. Unlike the US which chose several college players, Canada did not choose anyone from the NCAA ranks.

Global data analytics company Gracenote predicted gold for Canada in men's hockey as part of a 33-medal haul in Pyeongchang. Canada's first men's game will be on the February 15th against Switzerland. The World Juniors is one of the best tournaments around, with some of the most exciting hockey.

Without NHL players Canada struggled to find the top of the Olympic podium, enduring a 50-year gold medal drought before finally reclaiming the crown of Olympic champions at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

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. The team's average age is 31 years.

The women's team was named in late December, though the roster contains no B.C. ties, let alone Vancouverites.

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