USA Hockey tabs Williamsville's Leggio for Olympic team

USA Hockey tabs Williamsville's Leggio for Olympic team

Linden Vey from Wakaw, Sask. made the team, along with former Moose Jaw Warrior Quinton Howden.

The names on their backs will be unfamiliar to most, but the task at hand for the men on Canada's Olympic hockey team is easy to identify.

Added Team Canada GM Sean Burke: "When we go to these Olympics, this team will make Canada proud".

Because the NHL is not allowing its players to be selected for Olympic teams for the first time since 1994, the tournament will be played with players competing in other leagues.

"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 in some ways", head coach Willie Desjardins told reporters as the roster was revealed.

Team Canada announced its 25-man roster on Thursday morning, and three former Blackhawks players will don the Maple Leaf sweater in PyeongChang.

The roster announcement, carried live on several networks, was made at the Hall of Champions at Hockey Canada's office in Calgary. Raymond played two seasons (2005-07) at Minnesota-Duluth and played 546 National Hockey League games, and now plays in Switzerland.

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Alan Smithee @oiler_country: "I do not care who's on it, as long as they represent who we are: Canadians". So he's a great story, if not one of the world's great players.

The Olympics will take place February 9-25.

"There's a lot of teams that have a chance - Canada, the US, the Czechs, the Finns are all equal going into the tournament", he said.

Hockey Canada vice-president Scott Salmond said the team selection process had lasted 14 months, involving seven tournaments and more than 100 players. Oettinger stopped 19 shots through overtime and all four he faced during a shootout in a 4-3 win over Canada in a preliminary round game Friday.

Former Winnipeg Jets forward Jim Slater was recently named to the United States men's Olympic team. Canada starts Olympic play in a group with the Czech Republic, Switzerland and host South Korea.

"We need to play games to form as a team", said Desjardins, who had the bulk of his roster play in at least four tourney games during the evaluation process that looked at 100 players.

Gracenote has been increasingly bullish on Canada's medal prospects in Pyeongchang, predicting 29 a year ago and upping that to 31 in November.

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