Ex-NHL and Former Canuck Derek Roy makes the Canada OImypic team

Ex-NHL and Former Canuck Derek Roy makes the Canada OImypic team

"(Kozun) was a top-five player the last two years in the KHL (with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv).

The good news for the unheralded Canadian team is that the competition it will face in South Korea will be built from similar restrictions.

Kinrade, a defenceman playing in the KHL, had taken part in two Olympic tryouts but wasn't part of the 25-man roster announced Thursday morning.

The NHL built a break into its schedule to allow players to participate in the 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympics.

The team will be coached by former Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins who is from Climax with one of his assistants being Saskatoon's Dave King.

"A lot like other Canadians, they've managed to battle it and fight back", Desjardins said. They've stuck with it, they won't give up ... That's what our team is about.

Once you accept saying so long to best-on-best - and remember Mike Babcock's star-studded gold medallists from Sochi weren't always easy on the eyes with their defensive domination - there is indeed plenty to look forward to in this tournament.

But it didn't exactly go as planned. A year ago for Minnesota she totaled 19 goals and 43 assists in 39 games, earning numerous accolades including All-American status.

This season he's played 10 games with Belleville.

The roster for next month's tournament is made up entirely of professional players, most whom now play in Europe.

It's been quite a week for the Howden family.

Donato played on the Team USA National Junior Team that won a bronze medal in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Helsinki.

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Now Quinton has the chance to trump his little brother with some Olympic hardware. "And I will do everything I can to bring a gold medal home".

Hard-core Blackhawks fans will recognize some of the names listed Thursday, however, as Team Canada will feature at least three former - if not obscure - Hawks. Thirteen come from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

Wolski played in 451 games, accumulating 99 goals and 168 assists for Colorado, Phoenix, the New York Rangers, Florida and Washington.

"I look at the picture of me in hospital and I can't help but cry", Wolski, a 31-year-old veteran of five National Hockey League teams wrote on his Instagram account after the team was unveiled.

Genoway is now in his fourth season of playing in the KHL and is currently with the Tolyatti Lada team.

A 6-foot-0, 179-pound forward for the Pioneers, Terry has a\eight goals and 19 assists in 22 games this season.

Howden and Genoway couldn't be reached for comment Thursday, as it was late-evening in Belarus and Russian Federation when the announcement was made.

The selection process was as thorough as it could be, with upwards of 100 players getting a look over the course of seven global tournaments and 14 months. Since then, NHL and other professional league players have dominated the team.

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

Ontario's Eric O'Dell played 41 games with the Jets in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons while also spending four seasons with their AHL affiliate in St. John's. Wojtek Wolski, the Polish-born, Toronto-raised KHLer, is preparing to play for Canada only a year after he almost lost his career to a catastrophic neck injury suffered after a headfirst slide into the boards. He's now playing this year in Switzerland.

Andrew Ebbett, 35, of Vernon is on the Canadian Olympic men's hockey team.

Finally the Golden Knights offered Leggio the walk-on spot and by the end of his second year he had emerged as Clarkson's starting goalie, playing in 25 games that season with an 11-9-3 record, a 2.57 goals-against average and a.913 save percentage.

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