Penguins' Christian Thomas named to Canadian Olympic team

Canadian goalie Ben Scrivens and forward Gilbert Brule track the puck against Switzerland at the Karjala Cup on Nov. 8

Canadian goalie Ben Scrivens and forward Gilbert Brule track the puck against Switzerland at the Karjala Cup on Nov. 8

Andrew Ebbett, 35, of Vernon is on the Canadian Olympic men's hockey team.

"I do enjoy that, if you include Chris Kelly who skated with the team this year, 20% of the team was directly connected to the Oilers organization".

Canada's Olympic hockey team won't have current NHL players on the ice, but plenty of players from other leagues.

No doubt, it's going to be a tough tournament - it always is.

The longest-term Blackhawks player to make the team was Rene Bourque, who is now playing for Djurgardens IF in the Swedish Hockey League. He also played for the United States at the Deutschland Cup in 2009 and 2017.

Because the National Hockey League is withholding its players from competing at the Games, Canada's most famous players such as Sidney Crosby and Carey Price aren't making the trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month. "It's about guys that have received a "No" but found a way to make a 'Yes, '" said head coach Willie Desjardins. "They'll accept any role for this tournament and that's what gives us a chance".

Vernon's Andrew Ebbett named to Canadian men's Olympic hockey team

He is one of 30 Cornellians to play in the National Hockey League and was a key member of the 2009-10 ECAC championship team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The 2018 Winter Olympics open February 9 and close February 25.

"There's a lot of teams that have a chance - Canada, the USA, the Czechs, the Finns are all equal going into the tournament", he said. A few players in American Hockey League, one-way contracts also made the roster, notably Christian Thomas and former Ottawa Senators forward Chris Kelly. "There'll be a gold-medal effort and there won't be one guy that puts that jersey that this isn't the highlight of their hockey career and the highlight of their family's career", Canada general manager Sean Burke told reporters Thursday. Canada starts Olympic play in a group with the Czech Republic, Switzerland and host South Korea.

It could be an incredible story for these players; they could be Canada's heroes in this tournament and in this Olympics.

Genoway, 31, spent five years playing college hockey down the highway at the University of North Dakota where he graduated as the fourth-highest scoring defencemen in school history. She has competed for the USA since 2013 when she helped the team to a silver medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation U18 Women's World Championship.

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