Hockey Canada Reveals 2018 Men's Olympic Roster

Wakaw Sask.'s Linden Vey named to Olympic hockey team

Wakaw Sask.'s Linden Vey named to Olympic hockey team

Other familiar names to make the team include former Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens and former Calgary Flame Rene Bourque.

"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.

In the absence of stars from the NHL, Team Canada will ice a hockey team long on heart at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

With NHLers not taking part at the Winter Games, Hockey Canada drew talent from seven different leagues across North America and Europe.

"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.

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However, what became evident at Thursday's roster announcement at Calgary's Winsport Arena in front of a surprisingly large media contingent was these players have a real shot at capturing the imagination of Canadians. The 33-year-old spent three seasons in the Buffalo Sabres' organization, playing for the minor-league clubs in Portland and Rochester from 2010 to 2013. The OAR team will be able to draw from a deep pool of homegrown players now in the KHL, including former National Hockey League star Ilya Kovalchuk. Burke didn't promise anything but "gold-medal effort" - which isn't exactly gold medal or bust. "When a Canadian team or a Canadian athlete is competing, you're always cheering them on".

Despite this unfortunate news, the Olympics are still promising an entertaining tournament both on the women's and men's level.

At Pyeongchang, Kelly could also bump into some former Senators on the USA team - winger Bobby Butler, who scored 16 goals in 94 games with Ottawa between 2009 and 2012; defencemen Matt Gilroy, who played 14 games in 2011-12; and Mike Lundin, who played 11 games in 2012-13.

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).

Finally the Golden Knights offered Leggio the walk-on spot and by the end of his second year he had emerged as Clarkson's starting goalie, playing in 25 games that season with an 11-9-3 record, a 2.57 goals-against average and a.913 save percentage.

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Canada's training camp starts January 28 in Latvia, with exhibition games in Riga on February 4 against Latvia and February 6 against Belarus.

Few know such Olympic hockey roots better than Team Canada general manager Sean Burke, who rightfully believes a throwback tournament in PyeongChang next month still has plenty to offer.

"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".

"These guys ... they earned it", Burke said. "I don't think you could say we missed anybody".

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