NEW IceCaps Alumni Join Team Canada for Winter Olympics

NEW IceCaps Alumni Join Team Canada for Winter Olympics

NEW IceCaps Alumni Join Team Canada for Winter Olympics

"I look at the picture of me in the hospital and can't help but cry", the 31-year-old winger said via social media. I'll always come back there.

"That's what our team's about".

Canada's head coach Willie Desjardins also hails from Climax, Sask. "Their determination and their heart is incredible".

They are all first-time Olympians, but as a group have played in a combined 5,544 National Hockey League games, led by 2011 Stanley Cup victor Chris Kelly.

The goal, even in the absence of NHLers, is gold. Russia, which will participate under the neutral Olympic Athletes From Russia (OAR) banner, is considered to be the gold medal favorite.

"As a coaching staff, we can really get down to working on our systems and having everything in place".

This season he's played 10 games with Belleville.

Oakbank's Quinton Howden is playing with Minsk Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russian Federation this season. Bourque played with the Blackhawks for three seasons before signing with the Calgary Flames after the 2007-08 season.

A shot by St. Louis Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk slips past Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, right, and Stefan Elliott, left, for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in St. Louis.

Wolski played in 451 games, accumulating 99 goals and 168 assists for Colorado, Phoenix, the New York Rangers, Florida and Washington. Two other players have connections to Manitoba.

Defensively they'll count on a mobile group made up of names like Chris Lee, Mat Robinson Chay Genoway and Marc-Andre Gragnani, who is fourth amongst KHL defencemen in scoring. Peters plays in Germany, Scrivens in Russia's KHL and Poulin for a Croatian team that plays in the Austrian league.

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.

The roster announcement, carried live on several networks, was made at the Hall of Champions at Hockey Canada's office in Calgary.

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. "He's a guy that has accepted whatever the role has been, but anytime he's gotten an opportunity to play he's kept his teams in games".

None of this has been easy for anyone involved, given the "moving target" Hockey Canada prez Tom Renney reminded people of the soap opera that saw the International Olympic Committee and NHL part ways.

"I love the city and I'm proud to be from there".

The 2018 Olympics take place February 9-25.

No captain has been named yet.

"We've seen our players numerous times". Our power play was one key reason we lost in some tournaments. "I don't think we can sit here today and say we missed anybody".

Burke and Desjardins used pre-Olympic tournaments such as the Karjala Cup, Channel One Cup and Spengler Cup to evaluate over players and build the roster.

Most surprisingly, the roster does not include a single player from the NCAA or Canadian major juniors ranks with Hockey Canada opting for a veteran-heavy roster. Pretty unbelievable. I never thought I'd be in this situation.

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