My Team Canada - Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk was born into a basketball family. His father, Ken, was head men's basketball coach at the University of Toronto from 1989 to 2002, and Canada’s junior men's national team from 1983 to 1996. His mother, Arlene, was a CIS women's basketball referee, and worked for the Toronto Raptors from 1995 to 2004. In 2003, Ken became athletic director at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., where Olynyk went to high school.

Unlike many elite Canadian prospects in recent years, Olynyk never attended a U.S. high school or prep school; he instead stayed home at South Kamloops Secondary School, exposing himself to U.S. competition and coaches during summer camps and national team duty.

Olynyk spent four seasons at Gonzaga University, earning first-team All-American honours following his junior year in 2012-13. He was selected 13th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2013 NBA Draft and then traded immediately to the Boston Celtics for the rights to Lucas Nogueira and two future second round picks.

Goaltenders
Roberto Luongo – a good Canuck; has gold from the last Olympics; experienced and tested.
Corey Crawford – won the Cup last year; playing great hockey; is the best statistically.
Carey Price – The Price is Right.

Defencemen
Shea Weber – won gold in Vancouver; brings the size you need.
Duncan Keith – won gold and won the Cup; one of the best
Kristopher Letang – young and fast.
Alex Pietrangelo – young gun with that fire and fight.
Drew Doughty – won the Cup with L.A.; best young defenseman in NHL.
Dion Phaneuf – flat out lays the lumber … tough as nails; *NHL09 cover.
Brent Seabrook – won gold in Vancouver; born the day after me (six years earlier), so we basically have the same birthday.
P.K. Subban – up and comer; Toronto boy.

Forwards
Steven Stamkos – he just scores; *NHL12 cover.
Martin St. Louis – the ultimate tag team with Stamkos; older and wiser.
Sidney Crosby – he’s Sid the Kid … no explanation necessary.
Patrice Bergeron – won gold in Vancouver; a BossTown Bruin; great two-way guy.
Claude Giroux – *NHL13 cover.
Rick Nash – won gold in Vancouver; all Canadian teams need a Nash to be “Nashty.”
Eric Staal – won gold in Vancouver; *NHL08 cover.
Corey Perry – won gold in Vancouver
Jonathan Toews – won gold in Vancouver; an impossible name to pronounce the first time limits opposing teams’ communication abilities; *NHL11 cover.
Ryan Getzlaf – won gold in Vancouver; brings size up front.
John Tavares – can put the biscuit in the basket with ease.
Joe Thornton – won gold in Vancouver; simply a legend; had a poster of him.
Michael Richards – won gold in Vancouver.
Milan Lucic – has proven himself over the last few years; great guy from the Couv.

* anyone who has been on the cover of a video game should be on the team automatically
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