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Hockey Canada announces 2018 men’s Olympic roster

Ice Hockey Gold Medal - Sweden v Canada

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: A Canada fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere prior to the Men’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal match between Sweden and Canada on Day 16 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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We know who the U.S. will be sending to PyeongChang next month and on Thursday, Hockey Canada revealed their team that will compete at the 2018 Olympics.

There are a handful of recognizeable names from their days in the NHL that will look to guide Canada to a third straight gold medal.

Rene Bourque, Djurgardens IF (SHL)
Gilbert Brule, Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
Andrew Ebbett, SC Bern (NLA)
Quinton Howden, Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
Chris Kelly, Belleville (AHL)
Rob Klinkhammer, Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)
Brandon Kozun, Lokomotiv (KHL)
Maxim Lapierre, HC Lugano (NLA)
Eric O’Dell, HC Sochi (KHL)
Mason Raymond, SC Bern (NLA)
Derek Roy, Linkoping HC (SHL)
Christian Thomas, Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
Linden Vey, Barys Astana (KHL)
Wojtek Wolski, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)

Stefan Elliott, HV71 (SHL)
Chay Genoway, Lada Togliatti (KHL)
Cody Goloubef, Stockton (AHL)
Marc-Andre Gragnani, HC Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
Chris Lee, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Maxim Noreau, SC Bern (NLA)
Mat Robinson, CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Karl Stollery, Dinamo Riga (KHL)

Justin Peters, Kolner Hale (DEL)
Kevin Poulin, Medvescak Zagreb (EBEL)
Ben Scrivens, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)

General manager: Sean Burke
Head coach: Willie Desjardins
Associate coach: Dave King
Assistant coach: Scott Walker
Assistant coach: Craig Woodcroft
[USA Hockey announces 2018 Olympic men’s roster]

Missing from Canada’s blue line is Cale Makar, the 19-year-old UMass-Amhearst product who recently won gold at the World Junior Championship. On Wednesday, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that he turned down an invitation, likely because he preferred to play NCAA rather than potentially be the No. 7 or No. 8 defenseman.

As for some other names who played for Canada at recent tournaments during the decision-making process, there’s no Simon Despres, Max Talbot, Teddy Purcell or P.A. Parenteau, among others.

Also missing from the entire roster is the presence of any junior players, despite Hockey Canada having “full support” from the Canadian Hockey League.
[USA Hockey, Hockey Canada reveal 2018 Olympic jerseys]

As NBC Olympic Talk’s Nick Zaccardi noted, 23 of 25 Canadian players have NHL experience, compared to 15 of the 23 announced on the U.S. roster. USA Hockey will be revealing their final two goalies on Thursday afternoon.

MORE: Full Olympic hockey schedule


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.