USA Hockey tabs Williamsville's Leggio for Olympic team

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However, one name that may sound familiar is former National Hockey League vet and Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Roy.

Most surprisingly, the roster does not include a single player from the NCAA or Canadian major juniors ranks with Hockey Canada opting for a veteran-heavy roster. Nobody with a vague grasp of Canadian hockey history forgets the reason why Canada's hockeyists went half a century without winning Olympic gold before a triumphant victory in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Compared to previous games, it seems the hype machine is a little slow to build this year and some suggest men's hockey is a big part of that.

When Desjardins was named head coach of Team Canada last summer, I argued that it was a great choice.

The roster for next month's tournament is made up entirely of professional players, most whom now play in Europe. He now plays in the Swiss League. After helping the Canadians capture the gold medal at Davos, Switzerland, Kelly signed another PTO with the B-Sens and played for the club in a 3-2 O.T. win over Rochester Wednesday night in Belleville.

Once you accept saying so long to best-on-best - and remember Mike Babcock's star-studded gold medallists from Sochi weren't always easy on the eyes with their defensive domination - there is indeed plenty to look forward to in this tournament.

After seeing the hand Vegas and the Golden Knights were dealt to start their journey, and how they've responded, is it really that impossible to believe this rag-tag group of Canadians can't be competitive in the 12-team tourney starting February 15?

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Elliott, a 26-year-old defenceman, starred with the North Van/Burnaby-based Northwest Giants of the BC Major Midget League before moving to Saskatoon to play WHL hockey with the Blades.

Let's be honest: without NHL players at the Olympics, the men's hockey tournament is unlikely to be very good. He has been with EHC München the last three seasons after playing for six American Hockey League teams from 2007-08 through 2014-15.

Goalies Justin Peters, Ben Scrivens and Kevin Poulin have 277 National Hockey League games between them, spread between eight teams. "The Spengler Cup came out of that and only then did I start thinking about the Olympic team".

Training camp starts January 28 in Latvia for the Canadians.

With that in mind, Burke and company set about building a team they felt could compete against a variety of opponents.

Most recently the Canadian team has played at the Sochi Cup, Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov in St. Petersburg, Karjala Cup, Channel One Cup in Russian Federation, and Spengler Cup in Switzerland.

Without NHL players Canada struggled to find the top of the Olympic podium, enduring a 50-year gold medal drought before finally reclaiming the crown of Olympic champions at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. "I don't think you could say we missed anybody".

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