Winter Olympics 2018: Hockey Canada unveils team it will send to Pyeongchang

Winter Olympics 2018: Hockey Canada unveils team it will send to Pyeongchang

Former Ottawa Senators forward Chris Kelly has spent time with the AHL's Belleville Senators this season, while Christian Thomas was loaned to the team from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

With no pros from North America, the Olympic squads will now mostly be drawn from the European and Russian professional hockey leagues.

Genoway also plays in the KHL for Lada Togliatti.

Per Seravalli, Team Canada general manager Sean Burke "cast a net far and wide to find Canada's best talent playing overseas, pulling in 13 players from Russia's KHL, four from Switzerland's NLA, three from the Swedish Hockey League, one from Germany's DEL, one from Austria's EBEL and three from the AHL".

And Alberta's Mason Raymond spent two seasons with the Moose early in his career before going on to 546 career National Hockey League games with a variety of teams including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Anaheim.

Forsberg's infamous winning penalty against Canada in the 1994 Olympic final was later immortalised on a postage stamp in Sweden, and the former center said the current crop of Swedish players might be able to repeat that feat.

But after that, Canada's success will depend on its goaltending trio of Ben Scrivens, Kevin Poulin and Justin Peters.

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The 12-country men's hockey tournament at the 2018 Games goes from February 14-25 at the Gangneung Hockey Centre and the Kwandong Hockey Centre.

"We've seen our players numerous times".

Canada won gold medals in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014 with teams full of National Hockey League stars.

Purcell skated for Canada in the 2017 Karjala Cup in Finland, and the Channel One Cup (formerly Izvestia tournament) in Moscow.

When you break it down by the men's and women's teams individually, you'll notice the men have compiled the roster from a few more places, with the women's team more top-heavy with specific schools.

Canada has won 13 men's hockey medals, including nine gold, since the first Olympic hockey tournament in Antwerp in 1920. The Canadian men have won three of the last four hockey golds, including the last two in Sochi and Vancouver.

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