Hockey Canada Gets ‘Geography Lesson’ in Forming Men’s Olympic Team

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Goalie Ben Scrivens was among the players selected for the Canadian Olympic team on Thursday. Alexander Nemenov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

CALGARY, Alberta — Canada’s Olympic hockey team will not have current N.H.L. players on the ice, but plenty of players from other leagues.

Hockey Canada drew talent Thursday from seven different leagues across North America and Europe after the N.H.L. bowed out of competing in South Korea. That’s in stark contrast to Canada’s Olympic champion teams in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014), which were loaded with N.H.L. stars.

Forwards Gilbert Brule, Mason Raymond, Derek Roy and Wojtek Wolski and goaltender Ben Scrivens are former N.H.L. veterans on the team. It’s the first time Canada will go to the Olympics without N.H.L. players since 1994.

General Manager Sean Burke, Coach Willie Desjardins and Team Canada officials scoured Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League and Switzerland’s National League, among others, for players talented enough to wear the Maple Leaf on the world stage.

At a news conference Thursday, Burke jokingly thanked Hockey Canada “for the geography lesson and the air miles.”

Source: The New York Times