Eric O’Dell, Christian Thomas and Ben Scrivens aren’t the only former St. John’s IceCaps slated to play in the Pyeongchang Olympics next month.
Carl Klingberg and Ivan Telegin, a pair of forwards from the former American Hockey League team, will play for Sweden and a quad that will be known as the Olympic Athletes of Russia following a ban of Russia as a delegation from the Games.
Klingberg played four seasons with the IceCaps, and appeared in 11 games with the parent Winnipeg Jets. He’s currently in his second season with Zug of the Swiss league.
Telegin wasn’t in St. John’s very long … 34 games to be exact before returning to Russia. He’s in his fourth season with CSKA Moscow.
O’Dell also played four seasons in St. John’s, and got into 41 games with the Jets. He’s playing in Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League. Thomas made 18 appearances for the IceCaps under the Montreal Canadiens colours. He has 27 NHL games to his credit, 25 with the Canadiens and one each with the New York Rangers and Arizona Coyotes. He is currently a member of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Scriven literally played one weekend with the Icecaps, making one start. It was his last one in North America. He’s been in the KHL the past two years, this season with Salavat Yulaev Ufa.
Meanwhile, former St. John’s Fog Devils Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goalie Timo Pielmeier will play for Germany in the Olympics.
Since leaving St. John’s, Pielmeier has played in the ECHL and AHL. He has one NHL appearance to his credit, with the Anaheim Ducks in 2010-11.