Canadian men's Olympic hockey team unveiled

  • Canadian men's Olympic hockey team unveiled

Canadian men's Olympic hockey team unveiled

"It's what we train for four years leading up to that Olympics is to get the best possible spot we can, the best possible team we can in hopefully that gold medal game to represent our country and to be able to win a gold medal for Canada", Johnston said. He now plays for SC Bern in the Swiss National League.

Despite this unfortunate news, the Olympics are still promising an entertaining tournament both on the women's and men's level.

Brule, a 31-year-old forward, is well-known to Vancouver area hockey fans as a star with the Vancouver Giants WHL team from 2003 to 2006.

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.

"I remember in the world juniors one of the first questions I had was, 'how can you get all these guys together on the same page?'" said the former Vancouver Canucks coach who headed up Canada's silver medallists in 2010 and was an assistant on Pat Quinn's gold medal-winning team a year earlier.

For a full look at the Team Canada men's hockey roster, check out Hockey Canada's website. They'll then fly to Korea where they'll face Sweden in a warm-up game before playing their first Olympic test in PyeongChang against Switzerland Feb. 15 at 5 a.m. MT.

Few fans are familiar with the bulk of the National Hockey League castoffs coach Willie Desjardins will have 19 days to meld into a contender, but they all have tremendous tales of perseverance to realize the dream of putting on the Maple Leaf next month in Korea.

Raymond was never quite the same after fracturing two vertebrae and damaging nerves and tissue in the hit, but has continued to play.

Last spring, the league put out an official statement calling their Olympic ban a "closed matter" and claimed that all of their clubs were against sending players overseas.

Former IceCaps forwards Eric O'Dell and Christian Thomas along with goaltender Ben Scrivens have been added to the roster.

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

Canada will be solid in goal, mobile on defence, skilled and experienced up front - and above all hard to play against, according to the team braintrust.

Without NHL players Canada struggled to find the top of the Olympic podium, enduring a 50-year gold medal drought before finally reclaiming the crown of Olympic champions at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

Canada's training camp starts January 28 in Latvia, with exhibition games in Riga on February 4 against Latvia and February 6 against Belarus. I think that's pretty special.

"We've had a lot of time to not only evaluate our players but have them together and we're going to get a good two-week training camp", Desjardins said. Toews won two golds and Belfour won one.