No best-on-best but Olympic hockey won't be a bust — LONGLEY

14 Janvier, 2018, 06:51 | Auteur: Lucien Wathelet
  • Gian Ehrenzeller  Keystone FilesMorden's Chay Genoway left is in his fourth season of playing in the KHL and is currently with the Tolyatti Lada team. He has four goals and 13 assists in 49 games this season

"When we go to these Olympics, this team will make Canada proud", Burke said.

"I don't recognize any of them", said hockey fan Josh Roy looking over the roster about half an hour after it was announced.

The opportunity of a lifetime, which is what the Olympics are about.

Ebbett played 224 NHL regular season games with the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring 26 goals and adding 45 assists for 71 NHL points.

Canada's 2014 Olympic team was star-studded with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Carey Price, John Tavares and Jonathan Toews, The 25-man roster's one-year salary cap hit was more than US$150 million, according to the Hockey News.

Goalies Justin Peters, Kevin Poulin and Scrivens have 277 NHL games between them, spread between eight teams.

The Winter Olympics begin on Feb. 9 and run through to Feb. 25.

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

"I have to thank (Hockey Canada) for the geography lesson and the air miles", said Burke, joking at a news conference Thursday.

Then there's the moving story of former Avalanche 20-goal scorer Wojtek Wolski, one of 13 KHLers in the mix. I think that's pretty special. "So that is our ultimate goal". A few players in American Hockey League, one-way contracts also made the roster, notably Christian Thomas and former Ottawa Senators forward Chris Kelly. They've stuck with it, they won't give up ...

Jussi Nukari  Lehtikuva FilesOakbank's Quinton Howden is playing with Minsk Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia this season. Howden has 15 goals and 14 assists in 49 KHL games

Defensemen Chris Lee and Mat Robinson have not played in the NHL.

Forsberg, who also has two World Championship golds in his trophy cabinet, said the fight for podium positions would be a tough one.

"They want it and they don't care what role they'll be in". "I think we can become complacent with coming in second".

NHLers may be missing, but the passion is still there. As you know, NHL players were barred from participating in this year's games. "It's a man's game".

The bulk of the NHL experience comes from a half-dozen forwards. He's another player on the team.

Klinkhammer, now playing in the KHL, was held off the scoresheet in his only game with the Hawks during the 2010-11 season.

Both Elliott and Brule played minor hockey with the North Shore Winter Club.

The NHL declined to send its players to the Olympics this time around. The team's average age is 31 years.

The 'outdoor space' will be heated as temperatures in Pyeongchang are expected to remain well below freezing. Our power play was one key reason we lost in some tournaments.

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