In a move that sparked some controversy, this year the National Hockey League would not allow its players to compete in the Olympics.
Leggio is also a former Buffalo Sabres' prospect and spent five years in the AHL with a few teams from 2010 to 2015.
And if anyone knows about making the most of the NHL's absence from the Games, it is Forsberg - the last time the league declined to allow its players to take part, he and his Swedish teammates won gold in Lillehammer in 1994.
No doubt, it's going to be a tough tournament - it always is.
The KHL, regarded as the world's second-best league next to the NHL, has not said whether it will release players for the Olympics, a delay caused by the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban Russian Federation from competing in the 2018 Games. He also played with the Rockford IceHogs for four seasons.
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"We all who have played this game come from somewhere", Canada CEO Tom Renney told reporters.
As the brain trust of Canada's men's Olympic hockey team introduced its roster for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games on Thursday, there were repeated references to the squad's underdog character. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles.
"I have to thank (Hockey Canada) for the geography lesson and the air miles", said Burke, joking at a press conference Thursday. Our power play was one key reason we lost in some tournaments. Canada's first men's game will be on the February 15th against Switzerland. A former member of the U.S. National Team Development Program, Maxwell played for Team USA at the 2008 U18 world championships and was the winning goalie in the bronze-medal game, turning away 42 of 45 shots in a 6-3 win over Sweden. Not the best of the best, but all major hockey nations dealing with the best of the rest, & the minnows with more of a fighting chance than usual...
Canada won the gold medal at the past two Olympics, in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.
"Hockey Canada has once again left no stone unturned in putting this talented group of players together", said Chris Overholt, CEO and secretary general of the Canadian Olympic Committee. Thomas has also represented Canada twice on the worldwide stage twice in the last two months, participating in the Karjala Cup in November and emerging victorious at the Spengler Cup in December. The team's average age is 31 years.