CALGARY, Alta. –
The management and coaching staffs of Canada’s National Men’s Team – led by
general manager Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal, NHL) and head coach
Willie Desjardins (Climax, Sask.) – continue to cast a wide net in their
evaluation of Canadian talent in the lead-up to the 2018 Olympic Winter
Following two week-long competitions in Russia last August, the management
and coaching staffs embark on the next phase of their evaluation of Olympic
hopefuls in November as part of Canada’s National Men’s Team’s
participation at the Karjala Cup, Nov. 8-12 in Helsinki, Finland, and Biel,
Switzerland. Hockey Canada has unveiled a 26-player roster for the event,
which will see the red-and-white face off against Switzerland, Sweden, and
“We are bringing together a group of players who are on our radar for the
upcoming Olympic Winter Games as part of our ongoing evaluation process,
with the goal of fielding the best possible team next February,” said
Burke. “These 26 players are part of the larger group that is still under
consideration for the Olympic team; 10 of these players were not with us in
August in Russia, while others who remain under consideration won’t join us
next month due either to their being unavailable, or because we feel we
already have a good sense of where they could fit with our team.
“As a management group and coaching staff, our priority is putting the best
possible team together, and we will continue to evaluate every Canadian
player that’s eligible to represent their country at the 2018 Olympic
Winter Games to ensure we give ourselves the best possible chance for
success in Korea.”
In late July, Hockey Canada
unveiled its plan
for Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2017-18 season, including its full
management and coaching staff, as well as an extended
that allows for multiple opportunities for team staff to bring together
Olympic hopefuls as part of the evaluation process.
Joining Burke as part of the management group are Tom Renney (Cranbrook,
B.C.), CEO of Hockey Canada; Scott Smith (Bathurst, N.B.), president and
COO of Hockey Canada; Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s
vice-president of hockey operations and national men’s teams; and Martin
Brodeur (Montreal/St. Louis, NHL).
Player selections have been led by Burke with input from the management
group as well as the coaching staff, which includes Desjardins and
assistant coaches Dave King (Saskatoon, Sask.), Scott Walker (Cambridge,
Ont./Vancouver, NHL), Craig Woodcroft (Toronto/Genève-Servette HC, NLA),
and scout Morey Gare (Nelson, B.C.).
Coverage of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the Karjala Cup will be
HockeyCanada.ca, as well as through social media at Twitter.com/HC_Men. TSN will
broadcast the games against Sweden (Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. ET) and Finland
(Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m. ET); check local listings for details.
For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow
through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Men.