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Cole Perfetti… Olympian? It Might Not be That Much of a Reach

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Cole Perfetti… Olympian? It Might Not be That Much of a Reach

On Wednesday, reports surfaced detailing Hockey Canada’s ‘long list’ of players in consideration for the Canadian Olympic team for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games from Beijing next month.

Of course, the National Hockey League recently announced its plans to back out of the games due in two parts to COVID: A.) The already heavily postponed regular season schedule, and B.) The potential threat of virus transmission amongst NHL players and the mandatory extended quarantine to be served in China for any player or team official that tests positive.

This has left Canada, the United States, Russia, Finland, Sweden and all of the typical ‘hockey powerhouses’ without their country’s top players. That is, except for strong hockey players currently playing in leagues other than the NHL… say Russia’s KHL, the Swedish Elite League, and even the American Hockey League here in North America.

With leagues overseas not limiting their rosters to players strictly from their respective countries, there are a number of ‘international’ players on European teams. Of players who made their way onto Hockey Canada’s supposed ‘long list’, a good chunk come from overseas.

The other part of the equation is American NCAA college hockey and players making up the three geographical regions of the Canadian Hockey League. A number of young players are currently in consideration for the team set to be announced in two weeks’ time. But based on some players officially under NHL contract, they will likely not be available for the Canadians.

Here is a look at the rumoured long-list:

  • Cole Perfetti
    Owen Power
    Mason McTavish
    Kent Johnson
    Eric Staal
    Phillippe Desrosiers
    Cody Franson
    Devan Dubnyk
    Brad Malone
    Jack McBain
    Peyton Krebs
    Kaiden Guhle
    Scott Wilson
    Jack Quinn
    Tyler Wotherspoon
    Michael Del Zotto
    Adam Cracknell
    Chris Terry
    Josh Ho-Sang
    Chris Bigras
    Cal O’Reilly
    Devon Levi
    Brendan Leipsic
    Jake Virtanen
    Eduard Pasquale
    Jimmy Oligny
    Matt Tomkins
    Daniel Winnik
    Jason Demers
    Daniel Carr

 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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