Team Canada Announces Rosters for 2018 Winter Olympics
Team Canada Announces Rosters for 2018 Winter Olympics
Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney in Calgary on Jan. 11 2018
13 January, 2018, 02:07
All but three of the group are playing overseas, including a group of forwards that will include Rene Bourque, Gilbert Brule, Brandon Kozun, Mason Raymond, Derek Roy and Linden Vey, who sits just six points out of the KHL's scoring lead. Hockey Canada execs were keen observers of the recent world junior tournament in Buffalo, but ultimately opted to go with players who had spent significant time together.
Team Canada is certainly a team loaded with experience, with the 25 players having played more than 5,500 combined National Hockey League games over their careers. It's a daunting assignment, but one head coach Willie Desjardins is familiar with.
No juniors were included on the roster as officials suggested they thought it would be too much to ask teens to adjust to a "man's game" at the Olympic tourney.
The roster for next month's tournament is made up entirely of professional players, most whom now play in Europe.
"The average Canadian fan watches the Olympics because it's the Olympics and so I think they're going (to watch)", said Stellick.
Few know such Olympic hockey roots better than Team Canada general managerSean Burke, who rightfully believes a throwback tournament in PyeongChang next month still has plenty to offer.
Training camp starts January 28 in Latvia for the Canadians.
Wojtek Wolski is shown in a Hockey Canada handout
The NHL said a year ago it would not release players after for the Games after failing to reach a deal with the International Olympic Committee to cover players' travel and insurance costs.
In a move that sparked some controversy, this year the National Hockey League would not allow its players to compete in the Olympics. The hockey tournament starts February 14. The Russian team, competing under a neutral flag due to the ban on formal Russian participation imposed over doping violations, are considered favorites for the gold medal. "We saw them play, we had numerous events and everyone of them represented our jersey like we expect Canadians to do".
We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. "If I was a Canadian I'd appreciate they've taken their families to Europe with no family around just so they can be on this team".
He is now playing for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League where he is second on the team in scoring amongst defencemen with 12 points in 19 games this season.
"That's not to say that some of these kids aren't at the development stage where they can play with me", he said.
"A lot like other Canadians they've managed to battle and fight back".
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