Hockey Canada announces 2018 men's Olympic roster

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

Former Penguins Andrew Ebbett and Chris Lee also made the roster.

And if anyone knows about making the most of the NHL's absence from the Games, it is Forsberg - the last time the league declined to allow its players to take part, he and his Swedish teammates won gold in Lillehammer in 1994.

Added Team Canada GM Sean Burke: "When we go to these Olympics, this team will make Canada proud".

"All our players somewhere along the line were told 'no, ' and that they weren't going to get a chance to continue their National Hockey League career, or in some cases even start it", said Desjardins, whose team may just have a strong shot at capturing the attention and love of Canadians who otherwise insist they're not interested in B Level Olympians.

Kelly, 37, played 13 National Hockey League seasons with the Bruins and Ottawa Senators. "They'll accept any role for this tournament and that's what gives us a chance".

We know who the USA will be sending to PyeongChang next month and on Thursday, Hockey Canada revealed their team that will compete at the 2018 Olympics.

"All of our players, at somewhere along the line, they've been told 'No,"' head coach Willie Desjardins said at the roster reveal Thursday. The Americans open preliminary-round play against Slovenia 7:10 a.m. ET on February 14, then take on Slovakia 10:10 p.m. February 15, followed by a 7:10 a.m. game on February 17 against Russian Federation.

Hockey Canada made the announcement on Thursday.

Two other players on the team will be familiar to Saskatchewan WHL fans as former Saskatoon Blades defenceman Stefan Elliott and Moose Jaw Warriors forward Quinton Howden will be on the squad trying to defend as Olympic champions. Unlike the USA which chose several college players, Canada did not choose anyone from the NCAA ranks. The World Juniors is one of the best tournaments around, with some of the most exciting hockey.

"Hockey Canada has once again left no stone unturned in putting this talented group of players together", said Chris Overholt, CEO and secretary general of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Notable players not on the roster from last month's Spengler Cup-winning team include Jay McClement, P-A Parenteau, Nick Spaling and Matt D'Agostini.

Gracenote has been increasingly bullish on Canada's medal prospects in Pyeongchang, predicting 29 a year ago and upping that to 31 in November.

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

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