Canadian men's hockey team easier to cheer for than identify

Canadian men's Olympic hockey team unveiled

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All but three of the Canadian players are now plying their trade in European leagues, with 13 of them coming from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The Canadian women have won four consecutive gold medals, including at the 2014 Sochi Games, when they defeated the United States in an epic overtime thriller. He has played in that country for parts of the last four seasons.

The bulk of the National Hockey League experience comes from a half-dozen forwards with some familiar names. But as an NHLer, Vey was a role player who played a combined 138 games in L.A., Vancouver and Calgary.

"In David Leggio, we've got a guy that's been a great teammate everywhere he's been, and also has been a very steady performer", Johannson said.

Certainly there were no Sidney Crosbys or Martin Brodeurs among the 25 players introduced in a low key midday announcement conducted at Hockey Canada headquarters in Calgary.

Here's a look at the six student athletes who will represent Team USA and what they have accomplished in their collegiate and national careers. "There are some tremendous stories here, guys who have had adversity through some phase of their careers". A few players in American Hockey League, one-way contracts also made the roster, notably Christian Thomas and former Ottawa Senators forward Chris Kelly.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics open February 9 and close February 25.

Hockey Canada vice-president Scott Salmond said the team selection process had lasted 14 months, involving seven tournaments and more than 100 players. "I don't think you could say we missed anybody". Canada starts Olympic play in a group with the Czech Republic, Switzerland and host South Korea.

At least one player on the world juniors team, defenseman Cale Makar, reportedly declined an invitation to represent Canada at the Olympics.

Badgers coach Tony Granato, who played in the 1988 Games, is the coach of this year's U.S. Olympic team, which does not feature any former Badgers players. The team's average age is 31 years.

Gracenote predicted gold for bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, the Kevin Koe and Rachel Homan curling teams, figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond, moguls skier Mikael Kingsbury, snowboarder Max Parrot and the men's hockey team. Rene Bourque (a three-time 20-goal man in the NHL), who's now in the Swedish Hockey League.

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