Hockey Canada announces 2018 men's Olympic roster

It could be an incredible story for these players; they could be Canada's heroes in this tournament and in this Olympics. They just care about the level of compete and how competitive the tournament will be.

The team will be coached by former Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins who is from Climax with one of his assistants being Saskatoon's Dave King.

Having been involved as coach of Canada's world junior entries in 2009 and 2010, he knows time is short and the pressure is vast.

"The U.S. carried similar lofty goals into the 2014 Sochi Olympics with the firm belief they were on the same level as the other world hockey powers like Canada and Sweden".

Forsberg, who also has two World Championship golds in his trophy cabinet, said the fight for podium positions would be a tough one.

The 25-man roster, unveiled on Thursday, includes 23 players with National Hockey League experience.

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Johansson said all five goalie candidates have been informed they are being considered, and he expects to make the final two selections by the end of next week. "They're used to playing on the big sheet, they've worn the U.S.A sweater". And while you may not know some of their names now, that's part of the intrigue on the road to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"So our process has already started".

Training camp starts January 28 in Latvia.

Kelly played a handful of games for Belleville on a tryout form (PTO) earlier this season, then was released on December 20 to play for Canada at the Spengler Cup.

"I have to thank (Hockey Canada) for the geography lesson and the air miles", Burke joked at a press conference announcing the team. "I think we'll be a really hard team to play against".

Brule, a 31-year-old forward, is well-known to Vancouver area hockey fans as a star with the Vancouver Giants WHL team from 2003 to 2006. That's something we'll have to work on to be successful.

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"And like any other USA team that plays in any tournament in today's age we expect to compete for a gold medal".

Team Canada will be led by former National Hockey League forwards Gilbert Brule, Mason Raymond, Derek Roy and Wojtek Wolski and goaltender Ben Scrivens.

They aren't NHLers - those pros aren't attending the Olympics this year.

"It was a pretty special moment", Quinton said. And Canadians can be behind them every step of the way.

With the KHL breaking early, the Canadian team will convene in Latvia on January 28 where it will play exhibition games against Latvia and Belarus.

USA Hockey named David Leggio and Brandon Maxwell as the final two goaltenders for its Olympic team Thursday, hoping their experience in Europe and worldwide play makes a difference.

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