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Teddy Purcell will play for Canada again

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 — St. John's native Teddy Purcell played for Canada at the 2012 world hockey championship and is a candidate to represent his country again, this time at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Winger St. John's tabbed to play in Moscow tourney as process of picking Olympic team continues

Teddy Purcell of St. John’s is another step closer to playing for Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Purcell was named to the Canadian team’s roster for The Channel Cup, a three-game tournament in Moscow scheduled for Dec. 13-17.

The 32-year-old forward, with eight years of full-time NHL experience, was part of the Canadian team that competed in the 2017 Karjala Cup in Finland last month.

The Channel Cup is the second of three evaluation tournaments the Canadians will take part in before selecting the Olympic roster.

The third tournament is set for late December in Switzerland.

Purcell is currently playing for Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Even if Purcell makes the Canadian squad, there is a possibility he might not play as there is some discussion about Russia not permitting KHL players to take part in the Olympics if that country is banned for part or all of the PyeongChang Games because of a doping scandal.

There is another player on the Canadian roster with ties to St. John’s. Eric O’Dell, who played four seasons for the St. John’s IceCaps while in the Winnipeg Jets system, will wear the maple leaf.

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