Some Saskatchewan flavour on Olympic men's hockey team

Some Saskatchewan flavour on Olympic men's hockey team

Some Saskatchewan flavour on Olympic men's hockey team

"More than anything, we have the character throughout the lineup that gives us the opportunity to be a very hard team for everybody else to play against", said Desjardins, whose most recent gig was head coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 2014 to 2017.

And yet, here they all were, less than a month away from the opening ceremony, being told "Yes".

Canada has won the last two Olympic gold medals-2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. Since then, NHL and other professional league players have dominated the team. And yes, Ben Scrivens, one-time Maple Leafs backup goaltender in the "18-wheeler off a cliff" era: Never mind your career National Hockey League save percentage of.905.

Forsberg's infamous winning penalty against Canada in the 1994 Olympic final was later immortalised on a postage stamp in Sweden, and the former center said the current crop of Swedish players might be able to repeat that feat. Canada will go for a third straight Olympic men's hockey gold medal.

Kelly played a handful of games for Belleville on a tryout form (PTO) earlier this season, then was released on December 20 to play for Canada at the Spengler Cup. But as an NHLer, Vey was a role player who played a combined 138 games in L.A., Vancouver and Calgary.

"The bottom line is, we don't know who the skeleton guys are". So he's a great story, if not one of the world's great players.

So here we are with a group of players who will enter the Olympic tourney as favourites only to trend nationally on Google searches, with a chance to shock the nation and make household names for themselves.

The much-anticipated roster was unveiled today following the controversial fallout between the National Hockey League and the International Olympic Committee.

Another thing nobody was doing: expecting much. "The average Canadian fan watches the Olympics because it's the Olympics and so I think they're going (to watch)", said Stellick. But that's only smart. He was drafted in the second round by the Colorado Avalanche in 2009 and split his time between the NHL and minor leagues from 2011 to 2016, scoring 24 points in 84 career games with the Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators.

The KHL is widely considered to be the world's second-best league behind the NHL.

To combat that age-old Euro advantage, Burke appears to have erred on the side of the aged.

Compared to previous games, it seems the hype machine is a little slow to build this year and some suggest men's hockey is a big part of that.

"Honestly, when I first got invited to one of the camps I thought, my goodness, they're actually considering me", Howden said. "I don't think we can sit here today and say we missed anybody".

That season, he spent 58 games with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL.

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

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