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Cup victor Kelly named to Canada men's team for 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

12 January 2018

The team was announced by Hockey Canada Thursday morning in Calgary, and there will be some Saskatchewan content on the squad.

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.

Team Canada announced its roster Thursday, which unlike in the past, doesn't contain any current National Hockey League players.

"When we go to these Olympics, this team will make Canada proud", Burke said.

Former WHL players who didn't make the National Hockey League are also rounding out the roster.

Ontario's Eric O'Dell played 41 games with the Jets in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons while also spending four seasons with their AHL affiliate in St. John's.

Williamsville native, David Leggio, has been named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team.

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"We had all three at the Deutschland Cup ... and they've all had really solid years", said USA head coach Tony Granato. "There'll be a gold-medal effort and there won't be one guy that puts on that jersey that this isn't the highlight of their hockey career and the highlight of their family's career".

Hard-core Blackhawks fans will recognize some of the names listed Thursday, however, as Team Canada will feature at least three former - if not obscure - Hawks.

With the NHL deciding to end its Olympic participation Hockey Canada was forced to cast a wide net to assemble a squad for the February 9-25 Games, cobbling together a team from far flung leagues and countries.

That leaves the men's team digging for a few players from the NCAA ranks - four to be exact - while the women's team adds a pair of current college players to its roster. The World Juniors is one of the best tournaments around, with some of the most exciting hockey.

With the opening ceremonies less than a month away, the Canadian Olympic Committee has yet to state what the Canadian team's medal target is for Pyeongchang.

It could be an incredible story for these players; they could be Canada's heroes in this tournament and in this Olympics.

The women's national team was announced December 22.

Canada's men's team is the reigning gold medal holder twice over, having won the whole kit and caboodle in both 2014 and 2010.

Cup victor Kelly named to Canada men's team for 2018 PyeongChang Olympics