Team Canada Picks Numerous Former NCAA Players — College Hockey News

He earned All-America honors twice while at UND and currently plays in Finland in the KHL.

Kelly, 37, played 13 NHL seasons with the Bruins and Ottawa Senators.

"I have to thank (Hockey Canada) for the geography lesson and the air miles", Burke joked at a press conference announcing the team.

"A lot like other Canadians they've managed to battle and fight back". They've stuck with it, they won't give up ... Thirteen come from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

"There's going to be compelling story lines if [Canadian athletes] do well". The team's average age is 31 years.

But it didn't exactly go as planned. Raymond saw action in 546 NHL games with Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Anaheim.

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. Brett, 19, was drafted 27th-overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2016 draft.

The Canadian way, regardless of the names on their backs. "I don't think we can sit here today and say we missed anybody".

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The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team's streak of having a current or former player compete at the Olympics lives on. Chay Genoway has one NHL game and Maxime Noreau six.

The good news for the unheralded Canadian team is that the competition it will face in South Korea will be built from similar restrictions. Poulin appeared in 50 games for the New York Islanders over a five-year span, and now plays in the Austrian Hockey League. The emphasis was on skill at the forward positions, a mobile defence and some size - or The Canadian Way, as Burke put it. "And I just wanted to do everything I could to be a part of that team".

More than 100 players participated in four pre-Olympic tournaments to help with the decision-making.

With the NHL sitting out this Olympics, Canada's team is stocked with stories like Howden's.

In total, seven different leagues around the world are represented on the 25-man roster.

They include veteran forwards such as Chris Kelly (833 NHL games), Derek Roy (738 games) and Rene Bourque (725 games). "That's a nice luxury to have". Schuler, taking a break from her job coaching women's hockey at Dartmouth, helped Canada win three world championships in 1990, 1992 and 1997 before taking silver in her lone Olympic appearance in 1998.

Teddy Purcell of St. John's, despite being one of only a handful of players with extensive NHL experience vying for a position on the team, was not one of the 25 players named to Canada's 2018 Olympic men's hockey team Thursday.

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