3 former Blackhawks named to Canada's Olympics hockey team

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WBS Pens player Christian Thomas named to Canadian Olympic team

That's what our team is about. "It's about guys who have received a no but found a way to make a yes".

Howden, the 25th-overall selection by Florida in the 2010 draft, signed with the Jets as a free agent in the summer of 2016 after getting in 92 career games with the Panthers, where he scored 10 goals and added seven assists.

"It's a dream come true", Thomas said in a news release provided by the Penguins.

But it didn't exactly go as planned. Past year for Minnesota she totaled 19 goals and 43 assists in 39 games, earning numerous accolades including All-American status. The 33-year-old spent three seasons in the Buffalo Sabres' organization, playing for the minor-league clubs in Portland and Rochester from 2010 to 2013. It turned out to be a great move. Hockey Canada drew talent from seven different leagues across North America and Europe before settling on a 25-man roster that has more than 5,500 NHL games under its belt. Leggio, along with teammate and fellow goaltender, Brandon Maxwell complete Team USA's final 25-man roster.

No doubt, it's going to be a tough tournament - it always is.

Leggio, who has represented Team USA in two IIHF Men's World Championships (2010, 2014) and two Deutschland Cups (2009, 2017), is now playing with EHC M√ľnchen of the DEL, where he has competed in 20 games and recorded a 2.55 GAA and.917 save percentage this season. "We had a lot of players play extremely well for us this year".

Gracenote has been increasingly bullish on Canada's medal prospects in Pyeongchang, predicting 29 a year ago and upping that to 31 in November.

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Scrivens played four seasons in a Cornell sweater, including three as the starter.

Genoway is now in his fourth season of playing in the KHL and is currently with the Tolyatti Lada team. Still, expectations will be on Canada to bring home its 14th Olympic men's hockey title. Our power play was one key reason we lost in some tournaments.

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.

Vey is having a superb season playing for the KHL's Kazakhstan-based entry, now sitting third in the league's scoring race, a handful of points behind Ilya Kovalchuk.

The roster has a combined 5,544 National Hockey League games played, with forward Chris Kelly's 833 games being the most among the bunch. Two other players have connections to Manitoba.

The lone Vancouverite is defenceman Stefan Elliott, a former Colorado Avalanche draft pick who's played 84 National Hockey League games with the Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators since his 2009 draft year.

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