Mason Raymond, Ben Scrivens, Derek Roy, and Wojtek Wolski lead the Team Canada men’s hockey roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The full team was announced by Hockey Canada during the press conference Thursday afternoon.
Instead of a group bursting at the seams with star power in Pyeongchang, the lack of NHL participation means Canada, like other countries, needed to mine European leagues and the AHL in order to fill out its roster. The team passed on including any players from its 2018 World Juniors team, which won gold in Buffalo on Jan. 5.
Raymond, Scrivens, Roy, and Wolski are some of the biggest names on the roster. Raymond played many years with the Canucks, Maple Leafs, Flames, and Ducks, including seven straight NHL seasons with at least 10 games. Scrivens, the likely starting goaltender, has played 144 games in the NHL with four different teams. Roy was a star for the Sabres in his prime. Wolski had 205 points in 311 games during his age 20-23 seasons in the NHL.
So the team may not have Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Carey Price, but there will still be some familiar faces for hockey fans in North America.
The head coach for the team is former Canucks lead man Willie Desjardins with assistants Dave King, Scott Walker, and Craig Woodcroft under him. Here’s the roster for Pyeongchang.
Team Canada roster for 2018 Winter Olympics
Rene Bourque, Djurgardens IF (SHL)
Gilbert Brule, Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL)
Andrew Ebbett, SC Bern (NLA)
Quinton Howden, Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
Chris Kelly, Belleville Senators (AHL)
Rob Klinkhammer, Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)
Brandon Kozun, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
Maxim Lapierre, HC Lugano (NLA)
Eric O’Dell, HK Sochi (KHL)
Mason Raymond, SC Bern (NLA)
Derek Roy, Linkoping HC (SHL)
Christian Thomas, Wilkes-Barre Penguins (AHL)
Linden Vey, Barys Astana (KHL)
Wojtek Wolski, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Stefan Elliott, HV71 (SHL)
Chay Genoway, Lada Togliatti (KHL)
Cody Goloubef, Stockton Heat (AHL)
Marc-Andre Gragnani, Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
Chris Lee, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Maxim Noreau, SC Bern (NLA)
Mat Robinson, CSKA Moskva (KHL)
Karl Stollery, Dinamo Riga (KHL)
Ben Scrivens, Salavet Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
Kevin Poulin, Medvescak Zagreb (EBEL)
Justin Peters, Kolner Haie (DEL)