It’s finally here.
Hockey Canada announced its 25-man roster for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Tuesday morning, showcasing a group filled with both prospects and veterans alike that will look to bring home gold for the second Games in a row.
Despite the NHL opting against sending its players to Beijing back in December, Canada still has quite the big-league contingent on its roster this year.
Leading the way is NHL veteran Eric Staal, a Stanley Cup champion with nearly 1,300 games on his resume who has already captured gold with Canada in 2010 and is currently tearing it up for the AHL’s Iowa Wild in preparation for the upcoming tournament.
Staal is far and away the most experienced member of Canada’s roster. But that doesn’t mean he’s the only greybeard headed to Beijing. No, Staal is joined by fellow NHL veterans such as David Desharnais, who skated in 524 games with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Edmonton Oilers before bolting to the KHL in 2018, Jason Demers, who was one game shy of 700 for his career before heading to the KHL as well this past summer, and Daniel Winnik, who logged nearly 800 NHL games before, you guessed it, heading overseas to the KHL in 2018.
If that weren’t enough, Canada happens to boast quite the array of prospects and young talent this year, too.
Owen Power, the first-overall pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, will perhaps even be the team’s top defender, with fellow 2021 draftee Mason McTavish, who was selected third overall, joining him, as well. And then there’s Buffalo Sabres prospect Devon Levi, who will take the reigns in net.
With the playing field as even as it has ever been this year, Olympic gold is anyone’s for the taking.
The full roster list can be found below.