Some Saskatchewan flavour on Olympic men's hockey team

Some Saskatchewan flavour on Olympic men's hockey team

Some like Chris Lee and Chay Genoway, who between them have one combined game of National Hockey League experience, have found jobs in Russian Federation with Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Lada Togliatti respectively.

Also named to the team were 23 former NHL players, three of whom are playing in the American Hockey League: Kelly with Belleveille, the Ottawa Senators' affiliate; defenseman Cody Goloubef with Stockton, the Calgary Flames' affiliate, and forward Christian Thomas with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Pittsburgh Penguins' affiliate.

"Basically, we told the guys, 'Just go play hockey, '" said Johansson, who is attending the 10-nation tournament, which runs through Friday and being held in Buffalo.

Hockey Canada drew talent Thursday from seven different leagues across North America and Europe after the NHL bowed out of competing in South Korea.

Canada's head coach Willie Desjardins also hails from Climax, Sask.

We know who the USA will be sending to PyeongChang next month and on Thursday, Hockey Canada revealed their team that will compete at the 2018 Olympics.

"I have to thank (Hockey Canada) for the geography lesson and the air miles", said Burke, joking at a press conference Thursday. "We saw them play, we had numerous events and everyone of them represented our jersey like we expect Canadians to do".

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More than 100 players participated in four pre-Olympic tournaments to help with the decision-making.

Before an National Hockey League career that included stints in Toronto, Los Angeles, Edmonton and Montreal, Scrivens was named ECAC Goalie of the Year his senior season, in which he also earned first team All-America honors.

The Olympics will take place February 9-25. For all of those un-golden Games but the 1998 version, Canada's representatives weren't Canada's best hockey players. Unlike the USA which chose several college players, Canada did not choose anyone from the NCAA ranks.

Hockey Canada vice-president Scott Salmond said the team selection process had lasted 14 months, involving seven tournaments and more than 100 players.

After the International Olympic Committee opened its doors to the NHL at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, Canada has re-exerted its status as ice hockey's super power by taking gold in 2002, 2010 and 2014 but returning home empty-handed in 1998 and 2006.

At least one player on the world juniors team, defenseman Cale Makar, reportedly declined an invitation to represent Canada at the Olympics. The team won 22 with four gold, three silver and 13 bronze.

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