Team Canada announces roster for pre-Olympic hockey tournament

Gilbert Brule (right) and Matt Ellison celebrate a goal at the Karjala Cup. (Jussi Nakari/AP)

With less than three months to go until the start of the Olympics, Team Canada has two tournaments left before it decides on the final roster for the men’s event in South Korea.

The Channel One Cup is a three-game tournament in Moscow that runs from Dec. 13-17 and on Thursday Team Canada announced the roster it will bring there next month. This will serve as the second-last evaluation tournament before the final Olympic roster is set, with the last event coming later in December at the Spengler Cup in Switzerland.

“This has been a very busy few months of evaluation of Canadian hockey talent from around the world, and we are feeling very positive about where we’re at in the process. We’re looking forward to the Channel One Cup and seeing how this group of players comes together at the tournament,” said Sean Burke, who is serving as GM for the Olympic process. “Our goal remains to put together the best possible team to compete in PyeongChang in February, and these 25 players are part of a larger group that remains under consideration.”

Of the 25 players who will represent Canada at the Channel One Cup, goalie Barry Brust and forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau are the only players who haven’t been invited to a previous tournament this year. Matt Frattin will be at the Channel One Cup after missing the Karjala Cup due to injury.

The full roster for the mid-December tournament is as follows:

SKATERS

PLAYER SHOOTS HEIGHT WEIGHT (LBS) 2017-18 TEAM
Taylor Beck R 6’2 203 Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
René Bourque L 6’2 216 Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
Gilbert Brulé R 5’11 187 Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
Matt Ellison R 5’11 200 Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Matt Frattin R 6’0 205 Barys Astana (KHL)
Ryan Garbutt L 6’0 194 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL)
Rob Klinkhammer R 6’3 214 Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)
Brandon Kozun R 5’8 170 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
Eric O’Dell R 6’1 201 HC Sochi (KHL)
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau R 6’0 201 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL)
Teddy Purcell R 6’2 194 Avangard Omsk (KHL)
Derek Roy L 5’9 187 Linköping HC (SHL)
Max Talbot L 5’11 185 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
Linden Vey R 6’0 190 Barys Astana (KHL)
Wojtek Wolski L 6’3 220 Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
Simon Després L 6’4 218 HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
Stefan Elliott R 6’1 190 HV71 (SHL)
Chay Genoway L 5’9 170 Lada Togliatti (KHL)
Shawn Lalonde R 6’1 205 Kölner Haie (DEL)
Chris Lee L 6’0 187 Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Maxim Noreau R 6’0 198 SC Bern (NLA)
Mat Robinson R 5’10 185 CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Karl Stollery L 5’11 181 Dinamo Riga (KHL)

GOALIES

PLAYER HEIGHT WEIGHT (LBS) 2017-18 TEAM
Barry Brust 6’3 240 HC Fribourg-Gottéron (NLA)
Ben Scrivens 6’2 181 Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)

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