Pyeongchang 2018: Hockey Canada unveils men's Olympic roster amid fan apathy

13 January, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Vernon's Andrew Ebbett named to Canadian men's Olympic hockey team

He returned home to Ottawa to contemplate the next move and opted to join Belleville.

A few of the names like Chris Kelly, who played in 833 NHL games and won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins and Derek Roy, who suited up for 738 NHL contests and once scored 32 goals for the Buffalo Sabres, may have a ring of familiarity for Canadian hockey fans. The World Juniors is one of the best tournaments around, with some of the most exciting hockey.

Now Quinton has the chance to trump his little brother with some Olympic hardware.

"And like any other USA team that plays in any tournament in today's age we expect to compete for a gold medal". And Canada's team has been picked for the Olympics.

Now, at 37, after playing more than 920 regular-season and playoff games in the National Hockey League, including two stints with the Ottawa Senators and winning a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011, Kelly finds it a bit freakish that he has ended up being part of the five-ring Olympic circus.

Genoway, 31, of Morden, Man., is in his fourth year in Russia's KHL. He captained the 2011 team that made the Frozen Four after being granted a special medical exemption to play a fifth season as a result of a serious concussion suffered from a dirty hit that cost him much of his fourth year. He has played for Anaheim, Chicago, Minnesota, Phoenix, Vancouver and Pittsburgh. His older brother, Colby, also plays in the KHL and spent two seasons with the Manitoba Moose between 2006-2008.

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"He acted casual, asking what's up", Howden recalled, via text, Thursday. The players were culled from seven different leagues across North America and Europe and include eight who have played in the world championship. Two other players have connections to Manitoba.

That changes this year as the NHL announced last April the league would not release its players or schedule a break in the season so its players could participate.

Former Cornell goaltender Ben Scrivens, who played 144 National Hockey League games and is now in the KHL, was also selected. He's now playing this year in Switzerland.

Lethbridge will have representation at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, as city native and former Hurricanes' forward Rob Klinkhammer has been named to the men's hockey team.

Rather than slapping the team together at the last minute and right into competition, general manager Sean Burke and coach Willie Desjardins will have the opportunity for a mini training camp before Canada opens play in PyeongChang against Switzerland on February 15.



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