Canada's head coach Willie Desjardins also hails from Climax, Sask.
Canada won the gold medal at the past two Olympics, in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.
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"We've got a guy that, No. 1, has been a great teammate everywhere he's been, but also a very steady, consistent performer", Team USA General Manager Jim Johannson said on a conference call.
"I think all hockey fans are looking at it as a bit of an unknown".
Howden, 25, and Morden's Chay Genoway were among the 25 players announced Thursday by the national program. This season he is the leading scorer for Beijing-based Kunlun Red Star with 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 40 games.
But with the league holding its talent back during the 2018 games, Team Canada, like other nations, has a roster of players currently skating in pro leagues overseas and in North American minor leagues.
And then there's forward Wojtek Wolski, who a year ago was recovering in hospital from a broken neck.
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Les Bleus affronteront l'Autriche dimanche 14 janvier puis la Biélorussie mardi 16 pour conclure le tour préliminaire. Et qu'ils comptent entamer de la meilleure des façons face à des adversaires (souvent) redoutables.
"As a coaching staff, we can really get down to working on our systems and having everything in place". Some teams' power plays have played together forever, while we had five-man units who had played together one practice.
"There's a lot of teams that have a chance - Canada, the U.S., the Czechs, the Finns are all equal going into the tournament", he said. For the first time, this one will be open to the public.
Hockey Canada released its men's hockey roster for the 2018 Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"They have a dream of representing their countries - for some guys that's the only reason they're playing this year".
"We'll have a hard-working, competitive team", said Hockey Canada VP Scott Salmond, who helped Burke and assistant GM Martin Brodeur pick the roster along with assistants Dave King, Scott Walker and Craig Woodcroft. Makar, a first-round NHL Draft pick last June, just won a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior championships.
"That is certainly the case here today". It says so much about them as people. "People want to participate, and now we're allowing them to do that".
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