Raymond, Wolski headline Canadian roster for pre-Olympic showcase

Sergei Belski / USA Today

Current NHL players won't be taking part in February's Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but that's not stopping a crop of former NHLers from auditioning to make the trip.

On Thursday, Hockey Canada announced its roster for the Karjala Cup, a pre-Olympic tournament that will be used to assess the potential lineup that will represent Canada at the 2018 Games this winter.

Among the 26 names are a group of former NHLers currently plying their trade in pro leagues around the globe, including Wojtek Wolski, Mason Raymond, and Ben Scrivens.

Here's a look at the complete roster for next month's tuneup - one that could end up looking very similar to Team Canada's Olympic roster come February:

Position Player Current Team (League)
Wojtek Wolski F Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
Mason Raymond F SC Bern (NLA)
Derek Roy F Linkoping HC (SHL)
Brandon Kozun F Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
Eric O'Dell F HC Sochi (KHL)
Gilbert Brule F Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
Rene Bourque F Djurgardens (SHL)
Matt Ellison F Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Quinton Howden F Dinamo Minsk (KHL)
Dylan Sikura F Northeastern University (NCAA)
Andrew Ebbett F SC Bern (NLA)
Matt Frattin F Barys Astana (KHL)
Christian Thomas F Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
Rob Klinkhammer F Ak Bars Kazan (KHL)
Karl Stollery D Dinamo Riga (KHL)
Zach Whitecloud D Bemidji State University (NCAA)
Chay Genoway D Lada Togliatti (KHL)
Chris Lee D Hockey Canada
Maxim Noreau D SC Bern (NLA)
Simon Despres D HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
Jesse Blacker D Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
Geoff Kinrade D Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
Mat Robinson D CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Justin Peters G Kolner Haie (DEL)
Ben Scrivens G Salavat Yulaev UFA (KHL)

The other three nations icing teams in November's pre-Olympic tournament are Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland, with the Swiss and Finns each playing host.

Raymond, Wolski headline Canadian roster for pre-Olympic showcase
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