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He earned All-America honors twice while at UND and now plays in Finland in the KHL.

When USA Hockey announced its men's and women's Olympic teams at the NHL Winter Classic on January 1, it left two spots open on the men's team for additional goalies. 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.

He came in as a walk-on and played in only five games for Clarkson in his first season, where he was the team's third-string goalie.

Ontario's Eric O'Dell played 41 games with the Jets in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons while also spending four seasons with their AHL affiliate in St. John's.

Training camp starts January 28 in Latvia for the Canadians.

"It was extremely hard in some ways, but at the end of the day, I think like all teams, the players make the decisions by the way they play", Olympic team general manager Sean Burke said.

The roster for next month's tournament is made up entirely of professional players, most whom now play in Europe.

"These guys that are going to be named here today they earned it", general manager Sean Burke said. Many of them were part of the team that won the Spengler Cup hockey tournament in Davos, Switzerland over the holidays.

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.

After that stint, the team will travel to PyeongChang and march with the rest of the Canadian athletes in the opening ceremony and then travel to Incheon for its third exhibition, a February 12 date vs. Sweden. "... These guys are both pros, they're both every experienced on the Europe ice, and they have the ability to keep their team in the game". "We saw them play, we had numerous events, and every one of them represented our jersey like we expect Canadians to do". "Everybody was given an opportunity". Former Ottawa Senators forward Chris Kelly has spent time with the AHL's Belleville Senators this season, while Christian Thomas was loaned to the team from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It says so much about them as people.

The women's national team was announced December 22. The 25-man roster's one-year salary cap hit was more than US$150 million, according to the Hockey News.

Having been involved as coach of Canada's world junior entries in 2009 and 2010, he knows time is short and the pressure is huge.

Yes, Mason Raymond, former Maple Leaf and 32-year-old Swiss leaguer - you're among the selected group being charged with attempting to defend the gold medals won by Canada's best NHLers at the previous two Olympics.