Canada's team has been unveiled - let's cheer for them

Gian Ehrenzeller  Keystone FilesMorden's Chay Genoway left is in his fourth season of playing in the KHL and is currently with the Tolyatti Lada team. He has four goals and 13 assists in 49 games this season

"I remember in the world juniors one of the first questions I had was, 'how can you get all these guys together on the same page?'" said the former Vancouver Canucks coach who headed up Canada's silver medallists in 2010 and was an assistant on Pat Quinn's gold medal-winning team a year earlier.

Also named to the team were Andrew Ebbett and Rob Klinkhammer, both of whom had brief stints with the Hawks. Even without National Hockey League star power, the games will be packed with high-level play and they'll feature a good number of familiar names to boot.

"When we go to these Olympics, this team will make Canada proud".

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.

"We all who have played this game come from somewhere", Canada CEO Tom Renney told reporters.

That could very well be the consensus thought in hockey circles Thursday morning, as Hockey Canada released its 25-man roster ahead of next month's winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles.

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"I was a little disappointed in the beginning, but now I'm kind of over it", he said of the NHL's decision not to allow its players to take part. These names includes Quinton Howden, Cody Goloubef and Brandon Kozun - who all played for Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships. A few players in American Hockey League, one-way contracts also made the roster, notably Christian Thomas and former Ottawa Senators forward Chris Kelly. Canada's first men's game will be on the February 15th against Switzerland.

Yes, Mason Raymond, former Maple Leaf and 32-year-old Swiss leaguer - you're among the selected group being charged with attempting to defend the gold medals won by Canada's best NHLers at the previous two Olympics.

Without NHL players Canada struggled to find the top of the Olympic podium, enduring a 50-year gold medal drought before finally reclaiming the crown of Olympic champions at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

"We need to play games to form as a team", said Desjardins, who had the bulk of his roster play in at least four tourney games during the evaluation process that looked at 100 players. Most recently, the 37-year-old, who has 123 National Hockey League goals and 166 assists, signed a tryout contract with Belleville of the AHL.

The women's national team was announced December 22.

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