The Canadian Olympic team will be a team of six
THE CANADIAN OLYMPIC TEAM WILL BE A TEAM OF 6.
The men’s ice hockey team has officially been announced as the top three teams in the world for the 2017 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and will be coached by Canadian skaters David Zabriskie and Connor Hellebuyck.
The U.S. women’s ice sport team will also be in contention for the gold medal at the Games, with the U.K. and Canada having also been named the two gold medal-contending nations.
The announcement comes a day after the International Ice Hockey Federation announced it had awarded the 2022 Winter Games to Canada and the United States, with both nations now competing for a place in the final, which is set for January 27-29.
The full list of the 2018-19 Canadian men’s Olympic team can be seen below.
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The men’s team, which was originally announced in November 2016, includes players from nine different countries.
It also includes several notable names from the NHL, including Ryan Kesler and Pavel Datsyuk, who were selected in the third round (No. 34) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.
The women’s team will consist of 13 Canadian Olympians, four of whom will be part of the world’s top four teams at the Winter Games.
Two of the four players chosen in the 2017 NHL Entry Datsylvania are Canadian skater Sarah Gaunce and Canadian swimmer Katie Naughton, both of whom are Olympic gold medallists.
For the first time, the U-23 men’s hockey team will have three members of the Canada team: Travis Jonsson, the top draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, who has played in two World Junior Championships; and Nick Bonino, who was selected No. 13 overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2019 NHL Draft.
This will be the third time in history that Canada has won the men’s and women’s world championships.
The team that took home the gold medals in 1998 and 2000 also finished fourth at the 2016 Winter Olympics.
Canada is the only nation to have qualified for three straight Winter Olympics: in 2008 and 2012.
The last time Canada was in the finals of the men and women Olympic hockey competitions was in 2000, when the country failed to qualify for the 2014 Winter Games despite finishing in fourth place.