Two Manitobans make Canada's men's Olympic hockey team

Two Manitobans make Canada's men's Olympic hockey team

Two Manitobans make Canada's men's Olympic hockey team

Elliott, a 26-year-old defenceman, starred with the North Van/Burnaby-based Northwest Giants of the BC Major Midget League before moving to Saskatoon to play WHL hockey with the Blades.

If you've been following the recent drama between the National Hockey League and International Olympic committee, you're well aware that the two haven't been getting along lately. 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).

USA Hockey has named the Williamsville goaltender to its 2018 Olympic team.

Canada has won 13 men's hockey medals, including nine gold, since the first Olympic hockey tournament in Antwerp in 1920.

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"It's what we train for four years leading up to that Olympics is to get the best possible spot we can, the best possible team we can in hopefully that gold medal game to represent our country and to be able to win a gold medal for Canada", Johnston said.

"I have to thank (Hockey Canada) for the geography lesson and the air miles", Burke joked at a press conference announcing the team.

Instead, Canada's lineup features former NHLers such as Mason Raymond and Gilbert Brule.

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US captain Brian Gionta is the only member of the team with Olympic experience, scoring four goals at the Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006.

Speaking at a well-attended team unveiling in Calgary about the emotional phone calls informing players of their Olympic fate, Desjardins echoed the clear sentiment this will mean everything to these players.

Training camp starts January 28 in Latvia for the Canadians. Unlike the US which chose several college players, Canada did not choose anyone from the NCAA ranks. "I don't think we can sit here today and say we missed anybody".

Canada's 2014 Olympic team was star-studded with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Carey Price, John Tavares and Jonathan Toews, The 25-man roster's one-year salary cap hit was more than US$150 million, according to the Hockey News.

"I think Canadians are going to get behind this team". 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.

He had previously scored a pair of goals and added two assists as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team won gold in the 2015 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland, and competed for the numerous Under-18 and Under-17 events.

Desjardins is joined on the coaching staff by one former Canuck, Scott Walker, who was drafted by the Canucks in 1993 and played parts of four season in Vancouver.

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