When the Olympic men’s hockey competition starts in Pyongchang, Canada will be represented by a group of former NHL’ers like Mason Raymond, Ben Scrivens and Derek Roy.
The team was announced by Hockey Canada Thursday morning in Calgary, and there will be some Saskatchewan content on the squad.
Linden Vey of Wakaw, who played 138 games in the NHL with Vancouver, Los Angeles and Calgary, will be one of the forwards.
The 27 year old is playing in the Kontinental Hockey League.
The team will be coached by former Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins who is from Climax with one of his assistants being Saskatoon’s Dave King.
Two other players on the team will be familiar to Saskatchewan WHL fans as former Saskatoon Blades defenceman Stefan Elliott and Moose Jaw Warriors forward Quinton Howden will be on the squad trying to defend as Olympic champions.
The players being used to represent Canada are much different than what Canadian hockey fans were hoping for as the NHL decided not to have involvement in the Olympic tournament this year meaning players like Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Drew Doughty and Carey Price will not be on the ice as they were hoping for.