Some Saskatchewan flavour on Olympic men's hockey team

Thibaut Duval
Janvier 14, 2018

Defencemen Chris Lee and Mat Robinson have not played in the NHL, while Chay Genoway has one game and Maxime Noreau six.

Quinton Howden didn't have the homecoming he was hoping for after signing with the Winnipeg Jets last season.

There are a handful of recognizeable names from their days in the NHL that will look to guide Canada to a third straight gold medal.

Since the 1998 Nagano Games, fans have been used to seeing NHL players suit up for their home countries.

"A lot like other Canadians, they've managed to battle it and fight back".

"These guys ... they earned it", Burke said. "To get that chance and the honour to come back, that's what our team is all about".

Here's a link to Canada's roster.

Canada won gold medals in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014 with teams full of NHL stars.

"The goal is always gold", Burke said.

But it didn't exactly go as planned. After the NHL club didn't qualify him last summer, he became an unrestricted free agent once again. Makar opted instead stay with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. It turned out to be a great move.

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Two other formers Canucks players in Maxim Lapierre and Linden Vey are among the forwards on the roster. Brett, 19, was drafted 27th-overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2016 draft.

- With files from The Canadian Press. "He asked if I had heard anything and I said no".

The NHL won't be participating in the Winter Olympics, but several former Chicago Blackhawks will be suiting up for their country.

And as unlikely as that might seem given the 25-man roster of European-based players Hockey Canada unveiled Thursday, Desjardins believes his crew will be armed with a work ethic capable of conquering all obstacles.

"Every time I talk to people, they still remember where they were", Poulin said. "I was training for Red Bull Munich, and I'm also training for that opportunity".

This season he's played 10 games with Belleville.

"Canada Olympic House is a Canadian oasis", Isabelle Charest, Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Chef de Mission, said at an event in Toronto on Monday.

The team competing next month, when they hope to end a 38-year American gold drought, is being billed as a fast, puck-moving and tenacious team. He played two pre-Spengler Cup events with Team Canada, pocketing no points in two games as Canada went 1-2 at the Karjala Cup in Finland in November.

They aren't NHLers - those pros aren't attending the Olympics this year.

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