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.