Manitobans named to Canadian men's Olympic hockey team

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Canada opens play in a group with the Czech Republic, Switzerland and host South Korea.

KPUG Edit: Derek Roy played for the Vancouver Canucks from 2012-13. After the NHL club didn't qualify him last summer, he became an unrestricted free agent once again. Makar opted instead stay with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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.

So Quinton Howden of Oakbank, Man., was hanging out with friends in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, Wednesday, when he got a phone call from his younger brother, Brett. The emphasis was on skill at the forward positions, a mobile defence and some size - or The Canadian Way, as Burke put it.

In Bern, where he has helped his team to first place in the standings, Ebbett has 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points in 34 games played.

"Team USA will begin play in the Olympic Games on Feb. 14 against Slovenia in preliminary-round action". There are a handful of players who were highly-regarded prospects that failed to live up to expectations. For some guys, that's the only reason they're playing this year. Mason Raymond saw action in 546 NHL games with Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Anaheim.

But most are unknown or forgotten names playing in remote hockey outposts, like Gilbert Brule, taken with the sixth overall selection in the 2005 NHL draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, who now earns a living with China-based team Kunlun Red Star in the KHL. He spent the majority of his North American pro career in the American Hockey League before going abroad. Former Vernon Viper Chay Genoway is one of eight defencemen chosen.

Defenceman Chris Lee is the lone player from Canada's 2017 world hockey championship team on the roster.

More than 100 players participated in four pre-Olympic tournaments to help with the decision-making.

"When you're growing up as a kid, you dream it just like the NHL", Leggio said by phone from Munich. He also played with the Rockford IceHogs for four seasons.

With the games one month away, the Canadian Olympic Committee unveiled its Canada Olympic House on Monday.

And then there's forward Wojtek Wolski, who a year ago was recovering in hospital from a broken neck. "I think it's a challenge but we will represent Canada (well)". "They'll accept any role for this tournament and that's what gives us a chance".

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