Hockey Canada released its men's hockey roster for the 2018 Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As you know, NHL players were barred from participating in this year's games.
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.
The list is highlighted by three key players. Rene Bourque (a three-time 20-goal man in the NHL), who's now in the Swedish Hockey League. Mason Raymond - a former 25-goal scorer for the Vancouver Canucks - will be on the team. He now plays for SC Bern in the Swiss National League. Also highlighting the team is four-time 20-goal and 60-point forward Derek Roy (now playing in the Swedish Hockey League).
Two other formers Canucks players in Maxim Lapierre and Linden Vey are among the forwards on the roster. Remember mega Columbus Blue Jackets draft bust in Gilbert Brule? He's another player on the team.
In fact, most fans shouldn't have troubles spotting players who may have played for their teams in the past. There are a handful of players who were highly-regarded prospects that failed to live up to expectations. These names includes Quinton Howden, Cody Goloubef and Brandon Kozun - who all played for Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships.
In goal, Team Canada will carry Justin Peters, Kevin Poulin and Ben Scrivens. Peters went 25-38-9 in a career spent mainly with the Carolina Hurricanes as a backup to Cam Ward. Poulin appeared in 50 games for the New York Islanders over a five-year span, and now plays in the Austrian Hockey League.
As for Scrivens, he's best remembered for a 59-save shutout with the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 29, 2014. That broke Craig Anderson's previous record for most saves made in a shutout performance.
Team Canada has won three of the last four men's Olympic hockey tournaments - including the last two. They'll try to be the first nation to three-peat since the Soviet Union won four in a row in the 1964, '68, '72 and '76 games.
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