Former Blackhawks Make Canada's Olympic Team

Vernon's Andrew Ebbett named to Canadian men's Olympic hockey team

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

Because the NHL is not allowing its players to be selected for Olympic teams for the first time since 1994, the tournament will be played with players competing in other leagues.

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang begin Feb. 9. He currently plays for Bern SC in Switzerland.

As NBC Olympic Talk's Nick Zaccardi noted, 23 of 25 Canadian players have NHL experience, compared to 15 of the 23 announced on the U.S. roster.

Canada's goalie Ben Scrivens saves the shot of Finland's Julius Junttila (R) during the Ice Hockey Euro Hockey Tour Karjala Cup match between Finland and Canada in Helsinki, Finland, on November 12, 2017. It says so much about them as people. But they have a dream of representing their countries. He's another player on the team.

"That's what I like seeing".

Now Quinton has the chance to trump his little brother with some Olympic hardware. "I was training for Red Bull Munich, and I'm also training for that opportunity".

Hockey Canada made the announcement on Thursday. Desjardins cherished hearing former NHLer Steve Thomas inform his son, Christian, he had made the team.

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

Badgers coach Tony Granato, who played in the 1988 Games, is the coach of this year's U.S. Olympic team, which does not feature any former Badgers players. That's something we'll have to work on to be successful.

Howden is playing in the capital of Belarus this season.

However, some of the players to make up the roster are actually former NHLers who are unsigned or playing in different leagues around the world. "We were more confident (going) with the players that we know than hoping with the players that we didn't know". "I remember the competitiveness of the tournament, the incredible intensity, the honour it was for myself and all my teammates to put on the jersey".

Genoway, 31, spent five years playing college hockey down the highway at the University of North Dakota where he graduated as the fourth-highest scoring defencemen in school history. "I think it's a challenge but we will represent Canada (well)".

- With files from The Canadian Press.

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