One-time NHLers head to Russia for Canada for pre-Olympic tests

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After naming Willie Desjardins as their head coach for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, Hockey Canada unveiled two separate team rosters, one for each of the pre-Olympic tournaments Canada will play this August in Russia. 

Hockey Canada’s brass will evaluate players at the Sochi Hockey Open from August 5-9 with their first 24-man roster on the ice, and again less than a week later, at the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov in St. Petersburg from August 14-17 with a fresh squad of 23.

A cast of former-NHL talent populated the lines for Canada’s first rosters, including two Stanley Cup winners – Max Talbot who won the Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009 and Daniel Paille who won with the Bruins in 2011.

Other players with significant NHL playing pasts included forwards Mason Raymond, Derek Roy and Linden Vey along with defenders Carlo Colaiacovo, Cam Barker and Kevin Klein.

Three goalies were named to the two teams. Kevin Poulin – the one time New York Islander and Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender – has his name listed for both tournaments. Justin Peters and Ben Scrivens, with a combined 227 games in the NHL, round out Canada’s netminders.

Many of the men on both rosters play their regular season in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), while others compete in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) and Switzerland’s National League (NLA).

Check out Team Canada’s full rosters for the 2017 Sochi Hockey Open and 2017 Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov.

2017 Sochi Hockey Open Roster

PlayerPositionCurrent League
Justin AzevedoFKHL
Gilbert BrulŽeFKHL
Brandon BuckFDEL
Kevin ClarkFSHL
Andrew EbbettFNLA
Bud HollowayFSHL
Rob KlinkhammerFKHL
Brandon KozunFKHL
Ben MaxwellFKHL
Brandon McMillanFKHL
Eric O’DellFKHL
Daniel PailleFSHL
Mason RaymondFNLA
Max TalbotFKHL
Linden VeyFKHL
Chay GenowayDKHL
Geoff KinradeDKHL
Patrick McNeillDDEL
Maxim NoreauDNLA
Mat RobinsonDKHL
Jonathan SigaletDSHL
Karl StolleryDKHL
Justin PetersGKHL
Kevin PoulinGKHL

2017 Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov Roster

PlayerPositionCurrent League
Taylor BeckFKHL
Sean CollinsFKHL
Cory EmmertonFNLA
Ryan GarbuttFKHL
Andrew GordonFKHL
David McIntyreFNLA
Jacob MicflikierFNLA
Trevor ParkesFNLA
Marc-Antoine PouliotFNLA
Derek RoyFSHL
Greg ScottFKHL
Paul SzczechuraFKHL
James WrightFKHL
Cam BarkerDKHL
Carlo ColaiacovoDDEL
Stefan ElliottDKHL
Marc-Andre GragnaniDKHL
Kevin KleinDNLA
Shawn LalondeDDEL
Craig SchiraDSHL
Kevin PoulinGKHL
Ben ScrivensGKHL

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