Two Manitobans make Canada's men's Olympic hockey team

Wakaw Sask.'s Linden Vey named to Olympic hockey team

When the Olympic men's hockey competition starts in Pyongchang, Canada will be represented by a group of former NHL'ers like Mason Raymond, Ben Scrivens and Derek Roy.

Certainly there were no Sidney Crosbys or Martin Brodeurs among the 25 players introduced in a low key midday announcement conducted at Hockey Canada headquarters in Calgary.

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

The 27 year old is playing in the Kontinental Hockey League.

"All of our players, at somewhere along the line, they've been told 'No, '" head coach Willie Desjardins said.

And as unlikely as that might seem given the 25-man roster of European-based players Hockey Canada unveiled Thursday, Desjardins believes his crew will be armed with a work ethic capable of conquering all obstacles.

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. The players were culled from seven different leagues across North America and Europe and include eight who have played in the world championship. As well, two members of the coaching staff and one of the management team once played or coached the Canucks.

"Oh, I think no matter what, whenever you put the jersey on and represent your country, it doesn't matter if it's exhibition or global play or the Olympics, you're always making sure that you're giving 100 percent", Schuler said. Still, expectations are Canada will bring home its third straight Olympic gold medal and 14th men's title.


The bulk of the National Hockey League experience comes from a half-dozen forwards with some familiar names.

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.

Andrew Ebbett, who appeared in 10 games with the Blackhawks during their Stanley Cup winning 2009-10 season, also made the squad, as did former Blackhawks farmhand Rob Klinkhammer, who appeared in one game for the team. He has been with EHC M√ľnchen the last three seasons after playing for six American Hockey League teams from 2007-08 through 2014-15.

Genoway earned All-American honors twice, leading UND to the NCAA Frozen Four as a senior. "He hit everybody. He just wanted to make this team".

Most recently the Canadian team has played at the Sochi Cup, Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov in St. Petersburg, Karjala Cup, Channel One Cup in Russian Federation, and Spengler Cup in Switzerland.

US captain Brian Gionta is the only member of the team with Olympic experience, scoring four goals at the Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006.

Canada's training camp starts January 28 in Latvia, with exhibition games in Riga on February 4 against Latvia and February 6 against Belarus. "I think it's a challenge but we will represent Canada (well)".

"We've seen our players numerous times".

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