3 former Blackhawks named to Canada's Olympics hockey team

13 January, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Vernon's Andrew Ebbett named to Canadian men's Olympic hockey team

In this case, more than half of Team Canada's roster would be affected, but general manager Sean Burke has said he expects full access to Canadians playing in the KHL. "Because I just remember feeling blank and being in shock".

"That's not to say that some of these kids aren't at the development stage where they can play with me", he said.

The 27 year old is playing in the Kontinental Hockey League. I never bought it and never believed for a minute they wouldn't go.

But with the league holding its talent back during the 2018 games, Team Canada, like other nations, has a roster of players now skating in pro leagues overseas and in North American minor leagues.

"It was a pretty wonderful phone call".

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. Ebbett had two assists as Canada went 2-1 at the Sochi Hockey Open in August in Russian Federation.

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Forwards Gilbert Brule, Mason Raymond, Derek Roy and Wojtek Wolski and goaltender Ben Scrivens are former National Hockey League veterans on the team.

"It hasn't really sunk in". "He asked if I had heard anything and I said no". "It doesn't get any bigger than this".

Training camp starts January 28 in Latvia for the Canadians.

Canada's first game is scheduled for February 15 when they take on Switzerland in preliminary round play.

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

With about a month to go until the start of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, much of the focus has been on politics rather than athletics.

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Linden Vey of Wakaw, who played 138 games in the National Hockey League with Vancouver, Los Angeles and Calgary, will be one of the forwards. "It doesn't matter what event - bobsleigh, luge, or cross-country skiing, hockey, curling - everyone is staying together there".

The men's hockey team is looking to repeat as gold medallist for a third consecutive Olympic Winter Games, having won back-to-back tournaments at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.

"All of that is going to be present in these Olympics as well".

"Lethbridge will always be my home". "Mostly tears of happiness, but I am filled with so many emotions about what I have overcome". I think people can relate to our team and that we'll be part of the Canadian fabric. I've got a lot of support from a lot of good people.

"Today I am so proud and so excited". "It's a huge honour to be able to represent Lethbridge on that worldwide stage".

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