Sens' Kelly named to Canadian Olympic team

Canadian men's Olympic hockey team unveiled

However, one name that may sound familiar is former National Hockey League vet and Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Roy.

That leaves the men's team digging for a few players from the NCAA ranks - four to be exact - while the women's team adds a pair of current college players to its roster. Nobody with a vague grasp of Canadian hockey history forgets the reason why Canada's hockeyists went half a century without winning Olympic gold before a triumphant victory in Salt Lake City in 2002. And if things get greasy, it's good to know Canada's 32-year-old Swiss-league fixture Maxim Lapierre has played nearly as many NHL games (614) as he has compiled NHL penalty minutes (586).

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

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.

So here we are with a group of players who will enter the Olympic tourney as favourites only to trend nationally on Google searches, with a chance to shock the nation and make household names for themselves.

Kelly played a handful of games for Belleville on a tryout form (PTO) earlier this season, then was released on December 20 to play for Canada at the Spengler Cup. The Russian team, competing under a neutral flag due to the ban on formal Russian participation imposed over doping violations, are considered favorites for the gold medal.

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

After seeing the hand Vegas and the Golden Knights were dealt to start their journey, and how they've responded, is it really that impossible to believe this rag-tag group of Canadians can't be competitive in the 12-team tourney starting February 15?

Leggio, 33, played in one game after his senior season ended with the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators and began a full pro career the following season.

Brule was picked sixth overall in the 2005 National Hockey League draft and appeared in 299 regular season games from 2005 to 2014, notching 43 goals and 52 assists while playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers and Phoenix Coyotes. "I think we'll be a really hard team to play against". "And I just wanted to do everything I could to be a part of that team".

Before it was all about best-on-best and a collection of professional players taking over the Olympic show, hockey was still a big-time draw for Canadians at the Winter Games.

"We've seen our players numerous times". "I think you've got to embrace it and run with it and thrive from it". "We've seen all our players", said Burke.

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