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Canada named its 2018 Olympic hockey team roster on Thursday, according to Frank Seravalli of TSN:
Frank Seravalli @frank_seravalli
Team Canada 🇨🇦 Men’s Olympic hockey roster for PyeongChang 2018: https://t.co/C55a2FyB3H
Nick Zaccari of NBC Sports, meanwhile, provided more details on the team’s NHL experience:
Nick Zaccardi @nzaccardi
Canada Olympic roster: 23 of 25 players with NHL experience (total 5,553 games/avg. 222 per player)
U.S. Olympic roster: 15 of 23 players with NHL experience (total 3,083 games/avg. 134 per player)
U.S. to name its last two players — both goalies — later today.
Per Seravalli, Team Canada general manager Sean Burke “cast a net far and wide to find Canada’s best talent playing abroad, pulling in 13 players from Russia’s KHL, four from Switzerland’s NLA, three from the Swedish Hockey League, one from Germany’s DEL, one from Austria’s EBEL and three from the AHL.”
Team Canada abstained from inviting any CHL or NCAA players, however, but the team’s former NHL experience is vast.
Most notably, forward Rene Bourque, 36, spent 12 seasons in the NHL with six teams, accumulating 163 goals and 153 assists. Forward Derek Roy, 34, spent 11 years in the league, posting 189 goals and 335 assists. Goalie Ben Scrivens spent five years in the league, posting a 2.92 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. Forward Mason Raymond, 32, scored 115 goals and added 136 assists in 10 NHL seasons. And 29-year-old forward Wojtek Wolski notched 99 goals and 168 assists in his eight-year NHL career.
“It has been an exciting journey to arrive at this 25-player roster,” Burke said in a statement, per Doug Harrison of CBC Sports. “We have a very special group of talented players and staff who are ready to compete in South Korea.”
With NHL players not participating in this year’s Pyeongchang Games, Canada—like many other countries—will be leaving its top talents behind. But the team’s veteran experience will make them one of the favorites for the tournament alongside the Olympic Athletes From Russia team, which is likely to feature former NHL stars like Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk.