NEW IceCaps Alumni Join Team Canada for Winter Olympics

NEW IceCaps Alumni Join Team Canada for Winter Olympics

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team's streak of having a current or former player compete at the Olympics lives on.

The other six names are Chay Genoway (North Dakota, '11), Cody Goloubef (Wisconsin, 2007-10), Andrew Ebbett (Michigan, '06), Chris Lee (SUNY-Potsdam, '04), Mat Robinson (Alaska-Anchorage, '09) and Karl Stollery (Merrimack, '12).

VERNON - Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the men's Olympic hockey team and a Vernon player has made the cut.

"These guys that are going to be named here today they earned it", general manager Sean Burke said.

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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.

"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 in some ways", head coach Willie Desjardins told reporters as the roster was revealed.

Hockey Canada has unveiled the men's team aiming for a third straight Olympic hockey gold medal next month at the Pyeongchang Games. "They'll accept any role for this tournament and that's what gives us a chance".

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.

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"When I won the Olympics in '94, there were no National Hockey League players and for me it was one of the biggest tournaments I ever played, so I have that perspective of the tournament - it doesn't have to be the National Hockey League players", Forsberg said.

Peters went 25-38-9 in a career spent mainly with the Carolina Hurricanes as a backup to Cam Ward. Unlike the US which chose several college players, Canada did not choose anyone from the NCAA ranks.

Forward Christian Thomas, a second-round pick of the New York Rangers in 2010 who is playing for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL, got the news he had made the team from his father, former NHLer Steve Thomas. The World Juniors is one of the best tournaments around, with some of the most exciting hockey.

Canada won the gold medal at the past two Olympics, in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.

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At least one player on the world juniors team, defenseman Cale Makar, reportedly declined an invitation to represent Canada at the Olympics.

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