Photo: Jeff McIntosh, The Canadian Press
The head coach of the canadian, Willie Desjardins, was unveiled Thursday in Calgary the composition of his training in the company of the chef de mission Isabelle Charest.
Calgary — Twenty-five players who, together, have played a grand total of 5544 parties in the national hockey League will make up the training of Team Canada on the occasion of the olympic Games to Pyeongchang in February.
The training, unveiled Thursday at a press conference in Calgary, has four former players of the Montreal canadiens. He is the keeper Ben Scrivens and forwards Maxim Lapierre, Rene Bourque and Christian Thomas.
In addition to Lapierre, three other Quebec have been selected : goalkeeper Kevin Poulin, who has contributed to the triumph of canada to the Spengler Cup in 2017, and defenders Marc-Andre Gragnani and Maxim Noreau.
Chris Kelly, who has won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011, leads with 833 games in the NHL among the 25 players selected.
Derek Roy, who played 738 games in the NHL and had four consecutive seasons with at least 60 points with the Sabres of Buffalo between 2006 and 2009, will also take part in the tournament as an ex-veteran of the NHL. This is also the case of Mason Raymond (546 parts) and Gilbert Brule (299), chosen sixth by the Blue Jackets of Columbus, at the session of selection in 2005, just behind Carey Price.
It has great attackers and our defenders are capable of moving the puck
Martin Brodeur, assistant director-general
The team that will lead Willie Desjardins, a former head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, consists of three goalkeepers, eight defenders and 14 attackers.
Some of the selected players have won a gold medal at the world junior Championship and the world Championship of under 18 years of age. Eight players took part in the world Championship and only 10 have won the Spengler Cup for Canada, including seven in the tournament of 2017.
The ex-guardian star Martin Brodeur, who has collaborated in the composition of the team as assistant general manager Sean Burke, stressed that the selection process had proved to be interesting for everyone.
“At the beginning, when we started, we didn’t know what kind of team we would be able to build, said Brodeur during a teleconference. We really worked hard. Sean Burke, Scott Salmond, Willie [Desjardins] and the coaching staff have taken their time to make the right decisions. It will be interesting to see. “
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Team Canada will play its first match of the tournament on Thursday, February 15, at the hockey Centre Kwandong, Gangneung, against Switzerland in a match of group A. The final takes place on 25 February.
The training camp will start on January 28 in Latvia. The chosen players from seven different leagues in North America and Europe and will have the heavy task to earn the country a third gold medal, after the triumphs of the stars of the NHL for the 2010 Games in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi.
Brodeur doesn’t hide it : Canada’s objective is to complete this prestigious tripled. The ancient legend of the New Jersey Devils cannot predict the outcome of the tournament, but he has a good idea of the type of training the hockey lovers of the country will see.
“This will be a team that will work very, very hard and those are the games that, according to the team that we are going to face, will win in the third period. It is built very much on a defensive character, on the aspect of robustness also with our third and fourth trios. It has great attackers and our defenders are capable of moving the puck
“I think we’re going to be competitive at every meeting. The parity is going to be so great, the games will be exciting and tight. This will be interesting for people to follow the tournament. “