Chay Genoway makes Canada's Olympic hockey team

Margot Aubert
Janvier 14, 2018

Canada's first game is scheduled for Feb. 15 when they take on Switzerland in preliminary round play. It's a daunting assignment, but one head coach Willie Desjardins is familiar with. The blue line is less experienced with Cody Goloubef leading the way with 129 NHL games.

"A lot like other Canadians, they've managed to battle it and fight back", Desjardins said.

COC's chief marketing officer says that at previous games in Rio and Sochi, interest was high among non-Canadians.

Without NHL players Canada struggled to find the top of the Olympic podium, enduring a 50-year gold medal drought before finally reclaiming the crown of Olympic champions at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

"I don't think you're going to sit there back home and think 'this is not a good hockey game.' I think they're going to be great hockey games", Forsberg, 44, told Reuters in an interview.

Normally, qualifying for the Olympics is no walk in the park.

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Howden took his talents overseas, signing with Minsk Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Leggio, who attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, played for the Sabres' minor-league teams from 2010 to 2013.

Kelly, 37, played 13 NHL seasons with the Bruins and Ottawa Senators.

"I look at the picture of me in hospital and I can't help but cry", Wolski, a 31-year-old veteran of five NHL teams wrote on his Instagram account after the team was unveiled.

Klinkhammer, now playing in the KHL, was held off the scoresheet in his only game with the Hawks during the 2010-11 season.

In goal Ben Scrivens, Kevin Poulin and Justin Peters will vie for starting duties.

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"I have to thank (Hockey Canada) for the geography lesson and the air miles", said Burke, joking at a press conference Thursday.

"We'll have a hard-working, competitive team", said Hockey Canada VP Scott Salmond, who helped Burke and assistant GM Martin Brodeur pick the roster along with assistants Dave King, Scott Walker and Craig Woodcroft.

More than 100 players participated in four pre-Olympic tournaments to help with the decision-making.

Training camp starts Jan. 28 in Latvia. "The average Canadian fan watches the Olympics because it's the Olympics and so I think they're going (to watch)", said Stellick. And Canadians can be behind them every step of the way.

"We've seen our players numerous times".

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