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No NHL players? No problem, says Sweden great Forsberg

No NHL players? No problem, says Sweden great Forsberg

Team Canada will be led by former National Hockey League forwards Gilbert Brule, Mason Raymond, Derek Roy and Wojtek Wolski and goaltender Ben Scrivens.

The team was announced by Hockey Canada Thursday morning in Calgary, and there will be some Saskatchewan content on the squad.

Since the National Hockey League won't be sending their players to the Olympics, no current Canucks will be representing their country in Pyeongchang, Korea when the tournament kicks off on Valentine's Day.

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.

"It's about guys that have received a "No" but found a way to make a 'Yes, '" said head coach Willie Desjardins.

However, what became evident at Thursday's roster announcement at Calgary's Winsport Arena in front of a surprisingly large media contingent was these players have a real shot at capturing the imagination of Canadians.

Ontario's Eric O'Dell played 41 games with the Jets in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons while also spending four seasons with their AHL affiliate in St. John's. After helping the Canadians capture the gold medal at Davos, Switzerland, Kelly signed another PTO with the B-Sens and played for the club in a 3-2 O.T. win over Rochester Wednesday night in Belleville.

"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 worldwide play or the Olympics, you're always making sure that you're giving 100 percent", Schuler said.

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As Kelly tried to come to terms with anything and everything about the Olympic experience, he pored over the names of his Canadian teammates.

At Pyeongchang, Kelly could also bump into some former Senators on the US team - winger Bobby Butler, who scored 16 goals in 94 games with Ottawa between 2009 and 2012; defencemen Matt Gilroy, who played 14 games in 2011-12; and Mike Lundin, who played 11 games in 2012-13.

Genoway earned All-American honors twice, leading UND to the NCAA Frozen Four as a senior.

"That's the thing about this program - all our guys want it", said Desjardins, 60. I think people can relate to our team and that we'll be part of the Canadian fabric. "I think these players are going to be motivated to play the best hockey they can - to be seen on that stage".

Competition at the Winter Games starts on February 8, the opening ceremony will be held on February 9.

"It was a pretty special moment", Quinton said.

Makar, a first-round NHL Draft pick last June, just won a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior championships.

Leggio, a graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute now plays in Germany for EHC München of the DEL and has represented Team USA in two IIHF Men's World Championships in 2010 and 2014.


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