I feel bad for the players who will make up Canada’s men’s hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Their names are not Connor McDavid or Sidney Crosby or PK Subban or Carey Price, so they are being talked about as if they are the worst hockey players on the planet, having no business being on the hockey ice.
But it’s false. Mason Raymond, Ben Scrivens, Kevin Klein, Derek Roy are players who have all played hundreds of games in the NHL and do have the talent to compete.
And maybe Jarome Iginla will be there to lead the way.
While you can be disappointed in the NHL’s decision, Canadian hockey fans should take solace in the fact there are so many darn good Canadian hockey players out there.
Yes, Russia will have more NHL-calibre talent because so many are choosing the KHL over the NHL right now, but Canada shouldn’t go from gold medal favourite to underdog.
These Olympics will be different and the talent won’t be the best of the best, but it’ll be great to see players get an opportunity to play in these games for Canada when they likely thought they’d never get the chance.