Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Former Blackhawks Make Canada's Olympic Team

Former Blackhawks Make Canada's Olympic Team

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.

Since the National Hockey League refused to release its players to represent their homelands in the tournament, participating teams have had to find players who have not been playing in the National Hockey League.

Former Giant Gilbert Brulé is the lone major junior connection to Vancouver, while the list of ex-Canucks includes forwards Mason Raymond, Derek Roy, Maxim Lapierre, Andrew Ebbett and Linden Vey.

To give you an idea of the calibre of talent that will be joining Raymond, Kelly and Scrivens for a pre-Olympic training camp that begins January 28 in Latvia, consider that the best player named to the roster - at least, in terms of relevant in-season statistics - is probably Linden Vey.

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

The Team Canada men's team opens its Olympic schedule on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, when it meets Switzerland in Group A. The gold medal game takes place on Feb. 25.

"When we go to these Olympics, this team will make Canada proud", said GM Sean Burke. "I apologize I can't do this in French, but I could probably do it in Russian". He has played in that country for parts of the last four seasons.

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The goalie is playing his third season for Munich of the German elite league.

The NHL declined to send its players to the Olympics this time around.

Burke didn't promise anything but "gold-medal effort" - which isn't exactly gold medal or bust.

Elliott, a 26-year-old defenceman, starred with the North Van/Burnaby-based Northwest Giants of the BC Major Midget League before moving to Saskatoon to play WHL hockey with the Blades.

The blueline is less experienced, with Cody Goloubef leading the way with 129 National Hockey League games.

Thirteen players come from the KHL, four from the Swiss league, three each from Sweden and the AHL, and one from Germany and Austria. "... We're excited for both of them and they really round out an exciting team". "That's what our team is about". "There are some tremendous stories here, guys who have had adversity through some phase of their careers".

Training camp starts January 28 in Latvia.

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