Canada sends out NHL castaways to chase gold hat-trick — Olympics

14 Janvier, 2018, 06:52 | Auteur: Mathilde Kaplan
  • Team Canada men's hockey general manager Sean Burke

Few know such Olympic hockey roots better than Team Canada general manager Sean Burke, who rightfully believes a throwback tournament in PyeongChang next month still has plenty to offer. "It's about guys who have received a no but found a way to make a yes", said head coach Willie Desjardins on Thursday.

"A lot like other Canadians, they've managed to battle it and fight back".

"That's the thing about this program - all our guys want it", said Desjardins, 60. Canada will go for a third straight Olympic men's hockey gold medal. That's something we'll have to work on to be successful. The 2018 Games will mark the first time that Canada will go to the Olympics without NHL players since 1994. Makar opted instead stay with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. An estimated 13 million people in Canada watched in 2014 as the Americans had a puck clank off the post just missing an empty-netter to clinch gold.

Bob Stellick with the sports marketing firm Stellick Marketing Communications said people may be judging the hockey competition - and the Olympics overall - too harshly, too soon.

He finished his NHL career with 599 games played, 110 goals, 217 assists and 327 career points. Bourque played with the Blackhawks for three seasons before signing with the Calgary Flames after the 2007-08 season.

Maxim Lapierre played 614 NHL games for Montreal, Anaheim, Vancouver, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.

Two other players on the team will be familiar to Saskatchewan WHL fans as former Saskatoon Blades defenceman Stefan Elliott and Moose Jaw Warriors forward Quinton Howden will be on the squad trying to defend as Olympic champions.

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The blueline is less experienced, with Cody Goloubef leading the way with 129 NHL games.

In goal, Team Canada will carry Justin Peters, Kevin Poulin and Ben Scrivens.

"And Hockey Canada was on the call as well and told me the news".

Training camp starts Jan. 28 in Latvia for the Canadians.

The 2018 Olympics take place Feb. 9-25.

"We've seen our players numerous times". No doubt he'd love to add a gold to his medal collection which includes a silver from the 2011 World Juniors and a bronze from the 2012 event. "Everybody was given an opportunity". "Just talking on group chats and talking with guys at the Deutschland Cup, guys are pretty optimistic".

The bulk of the NHL experience comes from a half-dozen forwards. And Canada's team has been picked for the Olympics.