Gangneung (South Korea) (AFP) - No National Hockey League players? No problem. The replacements filling rosters at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, are still expected to produce a thrilling and dramatic tournament., past and future NHLers|
Next week, whose owners snubbed the Games in a money dispute.,authentic Jeff Carter jersey, the Pyeongchang Games will open the first men's hockey Olympic event since 1994 without talent from the NHL
Instead,authentic Zach Parise jersey, collegiate and minor-league squads will have the unexpected opportunity of competing for Olympic gold.,authentic Ryan Suter jersey, largely unheralded players from European
" Canada general manager Sean Burke said.,authentic Devan Dubnyk jersey,"A lot of teams feel they have a chance to compete for a medal and that alone will make it intense
544 NHL appearances,Defending champion Canada seeks a third consecutive gold medal and 10th title overall. The roster has players with a combined 5,authentic Shea Weber jersey, a 2011 Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins., led by 833 from forward Chris Kelly
"This team proves the depth of Canadian hockey, Canada's chef de mission. "We will always be a force to be reckoned with on the ice."," said Isabelle Charest
with captain Brian Gionta,There are 15 players with NHL experience on the US roster, just retiring after last season., 39
"I like the hunger of our team, guys who will be realising their dream.," US coach Tony Granato said. "We have guys who are really motivated
"There has been some talk of not having the NHL guys in (means) you don't have highly skilled guys. That's a bad representation. There are a lot of great players."
- 'Outstanding' Russians -
who make their fifth Olympic appearance as Olympic Athletes from Russia.,Two of them are former NHL stars Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk
Russian talent has not won Olympic gold since 1992,adidas Jeff Carter jersey, but offer plenty of talent.,adidas Zach Parise jersey, as the Unified Team after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. They have been stripped of their flag and anthem after the 2014 Sochi doping scandal
and eight more from second-best CSKA Moscow. That familiarity is a big edge on rivals.,adidas Ryan Suter jersey,There are 15 players from the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League leader and champion SKA St. Petersburg
"On paper,adidas Devan Dubnyk jersey," said Granato.,adidas Shea Weber jersey, the Russians have an outstanding team. They have the most experienced players. They have the best careers
"A lot of other teams have put together solid rosters as well. I think we can compete with any of them. We're a team that should feel very confident."
when the United States stunned the Russian team.,US goaltender Ryan Zapolski wondered about the chances of a small-scale repeat of 1980's Miracle on Ice
" he said. "It's going to be a challenge. Their roster is pretty dangerous for us.","It's a great opportunity for our whole team to do something like that
who could be the top pick in this year's NHL Draft.,The NHL is looking at 17-year-old Swedish defenceman Rasmus Dahlin
The Swedes took silver in 2014 and have five players from last year's world champion squad.
" said Sweden's Joel Lundqvist,"It's going to be incredibly fun, who led Sweden to 2006 gold., the twin brother of NHL star goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist
with arch-rival the United States expected to face them in the final. The Americans have won three world titles since a heartbreak over-time loss in the Sochi final.,Canadian women seek a fifth consecutive Olympic hockey crown
" Canada captain Marie-Philip Poulin said. "Every time we play it's like a gold medal game.","It always gets more intense with each game