Team Canada Announces Rosters for 2018 Winter Olympics

Wakaw Sask.'s Linden Vey named to Olympic hockey team

Linden Vey from Wakaw Sask. was named to the Canadian Olympic Men's Hockey on Jan. 11 2018

"I remember in the world juniors one of the first questions I had was, 'how can you get all these guys together on the same page?'" said the former Vancouver Canucks coach who headed up Canada's silver medallists in 2010 and was an assistant on Pat Quinn's gold medal-winning team a year earlier.

Two North Shore players will get a chance to live the Olympic dream as members of Canada's men's hockey team for the 2018 Winter Games running February 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

It will be a hard sell to wipe the recent memory of hockey fans, of course, especially after being spoiled with the NHL component the past handful of Olympics.

And how's this for a thought?

Linden will join a number of other Canadians who play in the KHL and in pro teams across Europe as the National Hockey League did not allow its players to participate in the 2018 Games.

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And then there's forward Wojtek Wolski, who a year ago was recovering in hospital from a broken neck. However, the league declined to halt play for the Pyeongchang Games, citing insurance and travel costs as well as the fact that it doesn't directly benefit financially from the Games. I'll always come back there. I never bought it and never believed for a minute they wouldn't go. The city helped make me into the player and the man I am today.

Hockey Canada drew talent Thursday from seven different leagues across North America and Europe after the NHL bowed out of competing in South Korea. The emphasis was on skill at the forward positions, a mobile defence and some size - or The Canadian Way, as Burke put it.

"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", Canada head coach Willie Desjardins said. I think that's pretty special. "I think once I get there and get to the Olympic Village and do the Opening Ceremonies and all that stuff, I think it will start to sink in a bit", said Klinkhammer. They all have great track records playing internationally.

"We put ourselves in a good spot with our roster", USA head coach Tony Granato said during a conference call on Thursday to announce goaltenders David Leggio and Brandon Maxwell as the final two members of the 25-player roster. "We've seen all our players", said Burke. "It's a man's game". "You're going there to represent your country as best as you can". We don't know who most of the skiers are. Canada will go for a third straight Olympic men's hockey gold medal.

The OAR team has not been announced, but the players chosen will have to prove they are clean in order to be eligible in PyeongChang.

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