Winter Olympics 2018: Hockey Canada unveils team it will send to Pyeongchang

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It's a daunting assignment, but one head coach Willie Desjardins is familiar with.

UND's previous Canadian Olympians are Jonathan Toews (2010, 2014), Ed Belfour (2002), Greg Johnson (1994), Bob Joyce (1988), Gord Sherven (1988), Dave Tippett (1984), James Patrick (1984), Dave Donnelly (1984), Roger Lamoureux (1980) and Kevin Maxwell (1980).

Canada is going with experience over youth as it chases a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in men's ice hockey.

"Oh, I think no matter what, whenever you put the jersey on and represent your country, it doesn't matter if it's exhibition or global play or the Olympics, you're always making sure that you're giving 100 percent", Schuler said.

Kinrade, a defenceman playing in the KHL, had taken part in two Olympic tryouts but wasn't part of the 25-man roster announced Thursday morning. "We've seen all our players", said Burke.

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"They want it and they don't care what role they'll be in". We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles.

"I don't know if everybody's going to be as captivated rooting for people that they're not aware of who they are", added Gary Becker.

"So our process has already started".

Training camp starts January 28 in Latvia for the Canadians.

Belleville Senators forward Chris Kelly has been around long enough to recall the last time National Hockey League players weren't at the Olympics. Just a few days ago, USA Hockey announced a preliminary roster highlighted by former stars like Brian Gionta and journeymen like Mark Arcobello and Bobby Butler. We thought for sure he'd be on the team, and he comes in and things don't go well the first (preparatory) tournament.

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"We're going to draw on that but we also know that to win hockey games, we're going to need big performances, we're going to need guys who come into the Olympics and seize the moment", said Burke. That's something we'll have to work on to be successful.

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When the Olympic men's hockey competition starts in Pyongchang, Canada will be represented by a group of former NHL'ers like Mason Raymond, Ben Scrivens and Derek Roy. He's now playing this year in Switzerland. I think that's pretty special. "It got to the point where I wasn't getting any feelers from the National Hockey League, so I made a decision to play in Belleville to see what would come out of it". In 2017 he was second on the team with eight points and five assists, and was the team's Player of the Game against Latvia.

But now the Oakbank product has the chance to undo some frustration and bring back an Olympic medal after being selected to the Canadian men's team that will compete next month in South Korea.

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