Several former Avalanche players named to Canadian Olympic hockey team

Several former Avalanche players named to Canadian Olympic hockey team

Past year for Minnesota she totaled 19 goals and 43 assists in 39 games, earning numerous accolades including All-American status.

Lee has played overseas since the 2010-11 season and has been with Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the KHL since the 2013-14 season.

Team USA selected goaltender Ryan Zapolski, who plays in the Kontinental Hockey League, during its initial announcement.

It's been quite a week for the Howden family. This means that traveling fans hoping to see Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, and Alex Ovechkin play for the gold medal in South Korea will be totally out of luck.

Now Quinton has the chance to trump his little brother with some Olympic hardware.

Quarterfinals are slated for Feb. 21, semifinals for Feb. 23, the bronze-medal match for Feb. 24, and the gold-medal game for Feb. 25.

"We'll have a hard-working, competitive team", said Hockey Canada VP Scott Salmond, who helped Burke and assistant GM Martin Brodeur pick the roster along with assistants Dave King, Scott Walker and Craig Woodcroft.

Canada has won 13 men's hockey medals, including nine gold, since the first Olympic hockey tournament in Antwerp in 1920. The roster averages 31 years old. He captained the 2011 team that made the Frozen Four after being granted a special medical exemption to play a fifth season as a result of a serious concussion suffered from a dirty hit that cost him much of his fourth year. Rene Bourque played 725 National Hockey League games, notching 163 goals and 153 assists for six teams including Calgary and Montreal.

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Genoway is now in his fourth season of playing in the KHL and is currently with the Tolyatti Lada team.

That season, he spent 58 games with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL.

Burke and Desjardins spoke Thursday of just how emotional the phone calls were informing players of their Olympic fate - an exercise that included plenty of tears on both ends of the line.

The men's hockey tournament begins on February 14.

Andrew Ebbett, who appeared in 10 games with the Blackhawks during their Stanley Cup winning 2009-10 season, also made the squad, as did former Blackhawks farmhand Rob Klinkhammer, who appeared in one game for the team.

Few fans are familiar with the bulk of the National Hockey League castoffs coach Willie Desjardins will have 19 days to meld into a contender, but they all have tremendous tales of perseverance to realize the dream of putting on the Maple Leaf next month in Korea.

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. Wojtek Wolski, the Polish-born, Toronto-raised KHLer, is preparing to play for Canada only a year after he almost lost his career to a catastrophic neck injury suffered after a headfirst slide into the boards.