Hockey Canada reveals roster ahead of pre-Olympic tournament

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Hockey Canada released its 26-player roster for the upcoming Karjala Cup on Thursday.

The tournament, which will run Nov. 8-12 in Helsinki, Finland and Biel, Switzerland, is being used to evaluate players ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in February.

Team Canada’s roster includes some familiar names, including several former NHLers currently playing overseas.

No. Player Position Shoots Height Weight DOB Hometown Current team
8 Wojtek Wolski Forward L 6’3 220 02-24-1986 Zabrze, POL Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
9 Mason Raymond Forward L 6’1 179 09-17-1985 Cochrane, Alta. SC Bern (NLA)
10 Derek Roy Forward L 5’9 187 05-04-1983 Rockland, Ont. Linköping HC (SHL)
14 Brandon Kozun Forward R 5’8 170 03-08-1990 Calgary, Alta. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
15 Eric O’Dell Forward R 6’1 201 06-21-1990 Ottawa, Ont. HC Sochi (KHL)
17 Gilbert Brulé Forward R 5’11 187 01-01-1987 Edmonton, Alta. Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
19 René Bourque Forward L 6’2 216 12-10-1981 Lac La Biche, Alta. Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
20 Matt Ellison Forward R 5’11 200 12-08-1983 Duncan, B.C. Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
21 Quinton Howden Forward L 6’2 190 01-21-1992 Oakbank, Man. Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
22 Dylan Sikura Forward L 5’11 159 06-01-1995 Aurora, Ont. Northeastern University (HE)
23 Andrew Ebbett Forward L 5’9 176 01-02-1983 Vernon, B.C. SC Bern (NLA)
25 Matt Frattin Forward R 6’0 205 01-03-1988 Edmonton, Alta. Barys Astana (KHL)
26 Christian Thomas Forward R 5’9 174 05-26-1992 Toronto, Ont. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
29 Rob Klinkhammer Forward R 6’3 214 08-12-1986 Lethbridge, Alta. Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)
2 Karl Stollery Defence L 5’11 181 11-21-1987 Camrose, Alta. Dinamo Riga (KHL)
3 Zach Whitecloud Defence R 6’2 209 11-28-1996 Brandon, Man. Bemidji State University (WCHA)
4 Chay Genoway Defence L 5’9 170 12-20-1986 Morden, Man. Lada Togliatti (KHL)
5 Chris Lee Defence L 6’0 187 10-03-1980 MacTier, Ont. Hockey Canada
6 Maxim Noreau Defence R 6’0 198 05-24-1987 Montreal, Que. SC Bern (NLA)
7 Simon Després Defence L 6’4 218 07-27-1991 Laval, Que. HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
11 Jesse Blacker Defence R 6’2 195 04-19-1991 Toronto,, Ont. Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
12 Geoff Kinrade Defence L 6’0 185 07-29-1985 Nelson, B.C. Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
28 Mat Robinson Defence R 5’10 185 06-20-1986 Calgary, Alta. CSKA Moscow (KHL)
1 Justin Peters Goaltender L 6’1 210 08-30-1986 Blythe, Ont. Kölner Haie (DEL)
30 Ben Scrivens Goaltender L 6’2 181 09-11-1986 Spruce Grove, Alta. Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)

“We are bringing together a group of players who are on our radar for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games as part of our ongoing evaluation process, with the goal of fielding the best possible team next February,” Team Canada general manager Sean Burke said via Thursday’s press release. “These 26 players are part of the larger group that is still under consideration for the Olympic team; 10 of these players were not with us in August in Russia, while others who remain under consideration won’t join us next month due either to their being unavailable, or because we feel we already have a good sense of where they could fit with our team.

“As a management group and coaching staff, our priority is putting the best possible team together, and we will continue to evaluate every Canadian player that’s eligible to represent their country at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games to ensure we give ourselves the best possible chance for success in Korea,” Burke said.

Canada will match up against Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland during the upcoming tournament.

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