Team Canada Picks Numerous Former NCAA Players
CHN Staff Report
Nine former NCAA players are on the roster for Team Canada at the upcoming Winter Olympics, it was announced today.
Among the most prominent on the list are long-time NHL forwards Rene Bourque and Mason Raymond. Bourque graduated Wisconsin in 2004 and played 725 NHL games, and now plays in Sweden. Raymond played two seasons (2005-07) at Minnesota-Duluth and played 546 NHL games, and now plays in Switzerland.
No current NCAA players were selected, though according to reports, Massachusetts' Cale Makar was offered a spot and declined. Makar, a first-round NHL Draft pick last June, just won a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior championships.
The NHL declined to send its players to the Olympics this time around. The games are scheduled for February in PeyongChang, South Korea. Four current NCAA players were selected for Team USA's roster, which was previously announced.
Former Cornell goaltender Ben Scrivens, who played 144 NHL games and is now in the KHL, was also selected.
The other six names are Chay Genoway (North Dakota, '11), Cody Goloubef (Wisconsin, 2007-10), Andrew Ebbett (Michigan, '06), Chris Lee (SUNY-Potsdam, '04), Mat Robinson (Alaska-Anchorage, '09) and Karl Stollery (Merrimack, '12).