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Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey roster revealed today; will Teddy Purcell make the team?

File photo/Hockey Canada — Teddy Purcell played for Canada at the 2012 world hockey championship and with the St. John’s native playing in the KHL and having also suited up for the Canadian national team in a recent tournament, there’s a shot he could be skating in the Olympic Games in South Korea come February. Purcell is one of the players we’ll be tracking in The Telegram’s weekly feature, Newfoundlanders Away.
File photo/Hockey Canada — Teddy Purcell played for Canada at the 2012 world hockey championship and he could be skating in the Olympic Games in South Korea next month.

The Canadian Olympic men's hockey team that will try for a third straight gold medal next month in South Korea will be announced today in Calgary at 1:30 p.m. NT.

Canada won gold medals in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014 with teams full of NHL stars. But general manager Sean Burke and head coach Willie Desjardins don't have that luxury for next month's Games, as the NHL decided not to send players to the Olympics for the first time since 1994.

As a result the majority of players being considered for Team Canada are from European-based leagues, including St. John’s native Teddy Purcell, a forward who plays in Russia with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

In all, 49 forwards, 27 defencemen and four goalies have suited up for Canada at five pre-Olympic tournaments since August.

Purcell played in two of the three most recent events — the Karjala Cup and Channel One Cup. He did not participate in the Christmas-time Spengler Cup tourney, where Team Canada was not permitted to use KHL players.

With files from the Canadian Press

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