That's Canada's team, playing Canada's game.
Canada won the gold medal at the past two Olympics, in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.
"I don't think you're going to sit there back home and think 'this is not a good hockey game.' I think they're going to be great hockey games", Forsberg, 44, told Reuters in an interview.
Last spring, the league put out an official statement calling their Olympic ban a "closed matter" and claimed that all of their clubs were against sending players overseas.
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It will be a hard sell to wipe the recent memory of hockey fans, of course, especially after being spoiled with the NHL component the past handful of Olympics.
"When we go to these Olympics, this team will make Canada proud", said GM Sean Burke.
And how's this for a thought? Some teams' power plays have played together forever, while we had five-man units who had played together one practice.
Hockey Canada drew talent from seven different leagues across North America and Europe before settling on a 25-man roster that has more than 5,500 NHL games under its belt. It's the first time Canada will go to the Olympics without National Hockey League players since 1994.
A year ago, Canadian forward Wojtek Wolski was in a hospital bed recovering from surgery on a broken neck. Thirteen come from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. "I could never have imagined that I would be so lucky one year later".
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Here's a look at the six student athletes who will represent Team USA and what they have accomplished in their collegiate and national careers.
Vey is the only player on the team from Saskatchewan, but head coach Willie Desjardins is from Climax, Sask., and went to the University of Saskatchewan. "I don't think we can sit here today and say we missed anybody".
The selection process was as thorough as it could be, with upwards of 100 players getting a look over the course of seven worldwide tournaments and 14 months.
The roster announcement, carried live on several networks, was made at the Hall of Champions at Hockey Canada's office in Calgary. "It's a man's game".
Yes, the NHLers who had previously taken bows on this day are absent, as is the excitement many Canadians typically felt about their nation's chances on the biggest of stages. He'll compete in South Korea next month.
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"I would say Sweden is up there and has a chance maybe to even to beat Russian Federation, but they have to have a really good tournament if they are going to grab gold or silver", he said. We're past the phase of picking the team and now there's going to be some relief for our guys. "We'll get that. Once you get that, then you really have to let the other things fall into place". "That's a nice luxury to have".