General manager Sean Burke and head coach Willie Desjardins don't have that luxury for next month's Games, as the National Hockey League decided not to send players to the Olympics for the first time since 1994.
"I do enjoy that, if you include Chris Kelly who skated with the team this year, 20% of the team was directly connected to the Oilers organization". Thomas and the rest of Team Canada will play their first game on Sunday, Feb. 11 against Russian Federation, then proceed to face-off against the likes of the Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland and the United States in the group stage.
The roster is made up of journeymen like Elliott who ply their trade predominantly in European pro leagues, given the bureaucratic logjam that prevented NHL players from competing in what's supposed to be a best-on-best tournament.
Ebbett last appeared in the National Hockey League during the 2014-2015 season.
"We had all three at the Deutschland Cup ... and they've all had really solid years", said USA head coach Tony Granato.
Hockey Canada announced the final roster it will take to the 2018 Winter Olympics Thursday, beginning its attempt to capture a third consecutive gold medal. "We saw them play, we had numerous events and everyone of them represented our jersey like we expect Canadians to do". So he's a great story, if not one of the world's great players.
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The 2018 Winter Olympics open February 9 and close February 25.
That leaves the men's team digging for a few players from the NCAA ranks - four to be exact - while the women's team adds a pair of current college players to its roster. 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. Canada starts Olympic play in a group with the Czech Republic, Switzerland and host South Korea.
Which is why, when the men's Olympic hockey tournament gets going next month, it'll be easy enough to get behind Canada's entry, even if an Olympics without NHLers will make supporting Canada a wholly foreign exercise to anyone who doesn't remember the Olympics without NHLers.
The women's national team was announced December 22.
Gracenote has been increasingly bullish on Canada's medal prospects in Pyeongchang, predicting 29 a year ago and upping that to 31 in November.