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

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

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

Hard-core Blackhawks fans will recognize some of the names listed Thursday, however, as Team Canada will feature at least three former - if not obscure - Hawks.

Also missing from the entire roster is the presence of any junior players, despite Hockey Canada having "full support" from the Canadian Hockey League.

Compared to previous games, it seems the hype machine is a little slow to build this year and some suggest men's hockey is a big part of that.

"All of our players, somewhere along the line, they've been told, "No" - they're not going to get a chance to continue their National Hockey League career or even start it", Canada head coach Willie Desjardins said.

Kinrade, a defenceman playing in the KHL, had taken part in two Olympic tryouts but wasn't part of the 25-man roster announced Thursday morning.

Goalies David Leggio and Brandon Maxwell have been added to the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, and the 25-man roster is now complete.

Last spring, the league put out an official statement calling their Olympic ban a "closed matter" and claimed that all of their clubs were against sending players overseas. "We've seen all our players", said Burke. "When a Canadian team or a Canadian athlete is competing, you're always cheering them on".

The KHL, regarded as the world's second-best league next to the NHL, has not said whether it will release players for the Olympics, a delay caused by the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban Russian Federation from competing in the 2018 Games. Rene Bourque, 36, brings 725 NHL games, even if he has spent this season in the Swedish league. Canada will go for a third straight Olympic men's hockey gold medal.

Goalies Justin Peters, Ben Scrivens and Kevin Poulin have 277 National Hockey League games between them, spread between eight teams.

He earned All-America honors twice while at UND and now plays in Finland in the KHL.

The Canadian women have won four consecutive gold medals, including at the 2014 Sochi Games, when they defeated the United States in an epic overtime thriller.

The 12-country men's hockey tournament at the 2018 Games goes from February 14-25 at the Gangneung Hockey Centre and the Kwandong Hockey Centre.

"These guys. they earned it", Burke told reporters in Calgary.

The Canadian squad will open camp in 17 days in Riga, Latvia, where the team will spend eight days practicing and playing two exhibition games. "The Spengler Cup came out of that and only then did I start thinking about the Olympic team". "I think you've got to embrace it and run with it and thrive from it".

The OAR team has not been announced, but the players chosen will have to prove they are clean in order to be eligible in PyeongChang.

"We had all three at the Deutschland Cup ... and they've all had really solid years", said USA head coach Tony Granato.

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