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Winter Olympics 2018: Hockey Canada unveils team it will send to Pyeongchang

13 January, 2018, 02:08 | Author: John Swanson
  • Willie Desjardins at the Olympic announcement on Jan. 11 2018

Canada has won 13 men's hockey medals, including nine gold, since the first Olympic hockey tournament in Antwerp in 1920.

Forwards Gilbert Brule, Mason Raymond, Derek Roy and Wojtek Wolski and goaltender Ben Scrivens are former National Hockey League veterans named to the team that will be counted on will bring big-game experience.

Team Canada has won three of the last four men's Olympic hockey tournaments - including the last two.

So here we are with a group of players who will enter the Olympic tourney as favourites only to trend nationally on Google searches, with a chance to shock the nation and make household names for themselves.

They don't exactly bring the star power of Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Carey Price, all Olympic gold medalists.

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When the Team USA Men's and Women's hockey teams hit the ice for the Winter Olympics this February in PyeongChang, six current collegiate athletes will skate for the teams - four on the men's team and two on the women's team. He now plays in the Swiss League. "I apologize I can't do this in French, but I could probably do it in Russian".

This season he's played 10 games with Belleville.

Leading them will be 38-year-old captain Brian Gionta, who won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with the NHL's New Jersey Devils and has represented the United States in global competition on six previous occasions.

Rene Bourque, who spent three seasons with the Hawks from 2005-08 during which he scored 33 goals in 183 games, is the most recognizable of the three. Mason Raymond - a former 25-goal scorer for the Vancouver Canucks - will be on the team.

"These guys ... they earned it", Burke said. But there will be some players recognized by local hockey fans.

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Morden's Chay Genoway, left, is in his fourth season of playing in the KHL and is now with the Tolyatti Lada team. Former Vernon Viper Chay Genoway is one of eight defencemen chosen. Peters plays in Germany, Scrivens in Russia's KHL and Poulin for a Croatian team that plays in the Austrian league.

"A lot like other Canadians, they've managed to battle it and fight back". "That's what our team is about".

"The bottom line is, we don't know who the skeleton guys are".

His KHL season runs until January 23, then training camp with his Canada teammates in Riga, Latvia, begins on January 28.

Brule was picked sixth overall in the 2005 National Hockey League draft and appeared in 299 regular season games from 2005 to 2014, notching 43 goals and 52 assists while playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers and Phoenix Coyotes.

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