Hockey Canada released its 25-man roster Thursday for the Channel One Cup in Moscow from Dec. 13 to 17 as the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics draw closer.
The majority of Canada’s roster is experienced on the international level, with forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and goaltender Barry Brust making their season debuts for the red and white.
With just one tournament left until the Olympics following the Channel One Cup, the three-game tournament will provide one of the last chances for head coach Willie Desjardins and general manager Sean Burke to evaluate potential members of Canada’s Olympic roster.
“This has been a very busy few months of evaluation of Canadian hockey talent from around the world, and we are feeling very positive about where we’re at in the process. We’re looking forward to the Channel One Cup and seeing how this group of players comes together at the tournament,” said Burke in a statement released by Hockey Canada.
“Our goal remains to put together the best possible team to compete in PyeongChang in February, and these 25 players are part of a larger group that remains under consideration. We continue to evaluate every Canadian player that’s eligible to play at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in order to gives ourselves the best possible chance for success in Korea.”
In addition to Parenteau, ex-NHLers Derek Roy, Max Talbot, Matt Frattin, Simon Despres and Ben Scrivens are some that headline Canada’s roster.
Team Canada went 1-2 to finsih in fourth place at the Karjala Cup earlier in November.
Here is the full roster:
Team Canada Roster - Channel One Cup
|8||Wojtek Wolski||L||6'3||220||Zabrze, POL||Kunlun Red Star (KHL)|
|9||Matt Frattin||R||6'0||205||Edmonton, Alta.||Barys Astana (KHL)|
|10||Derek Roy||L||5'9||187||Rockland, Ont.||Linköping HC (SHL)|
|11||Taylor Beck||R||6'2||203||Niagara Falls, Ont.||Kunlun Red Star (KHL)|
|14||Ryan Garbutt||L||6'0||194||Winnipeg, Man.||Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL)|
|15||Eric O'Dell||R||6'1||201||Ottawa, Ont.||HC Sochi (KHL)|
|16||Brandon Kozun||R||5'8||170||Calgary, Alta.||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)|
|17||René Bourque||L||6'2||216||Lac La Biche, Alta.||Djurgårdens IF (SHL)|
|18||Linden Vey||R||6'0||190||Wakaw, Sask.||Barys Astana (KHL)|
|19||Gilbert Brule||R||5'11||187||Edmonton, Alta.||Kunlun Red Star (KHL)|
|20||Matt Ellison||R||5'11||200||Duncan, B.C.||Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)|
|21||P.A. Parenteau||R||6'0||201||Hull, Que.||Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL)|
|22||Max Talbot||L||5'11||185||Saint-Bruno, Que.||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)|
|25||Teddy Purcell||R||6'2||194||St. John's, N.L.||Avangard Omsk (KHL)|
|29||Rob Klinkhammer||R||6'3||214||Lethbridge, Alta.||Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)|
|2||Karl Stollery||L||5'11||181||Camrose, Alta.||Dinamo Riga (KHL)|
|3||Shawn Lalonde||R||6'1||205||Orleans, Ont.||Kolner Haie (DEL)|
|4||Chay Genoway||L||5'9||170||Morden, Man.||Lada Togliatti (KHL)|
|5||Chris Lee||L||6'0||187||MacTier, Ont.||Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)|
|6||Maxim Noreau||R||6'0||198||Montreal, Que.||SC Bern (NLA)|
|7||Simon Després||L||6'4||218||Laval, Que.||HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)|
|12||Stefan Elliott||R||6'1||190||Vancouver, B.C.||HV71 (SHL)|
|28||Mat Robinson||R||5'10||185||Calgary, Alta.||CSKA Moscow (KHL)|
|30||Ben Scrivens||L||6'2||181||Spruce Grove, Alta.||Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)|
|31||Barry Brust||L||6'3||240||Swan River, Man.||HC Fribourg-Gotteron (NLA)|