"We put ourselves in a good spot with our roster", USA head coach Tony Granato said during a conference call on Thursday to announce goaltenders David Leggio and Brandon Maxwell as the final two members of the 25-player roster.
The bulk of the National Hockey League experience comes from a half-dozen forwards with some familiar names. The 33-year-old spent three seasons in the Buffalo Sabres' organization, playing for the minor-league clubs in Portland and Rochester from 2010 to 2013.
"All of our players, at somewhere along the line, they've been told 'No,"' head coach Willie Desjardins said at the roster reveal Thursday.
This is an opportunity to cheer for the underdogs, a group of journeyman players who deserve every single bit as much support as would Sidney Crosby or any other National Hockey League player who, in normal circumstances, might have been on the team.
Thirteen players come from the KHL, four from the Swiss league, three each from Sweden and the AHL, and one from Germany and Austria.
"When we go to these Olympics, this team will make Canada proud", Burke said. He also scored the only goal in the shootout win gold medal game against Canada.
His KHL season runs until January 23, then training camp with his Canada teammates in Riga, Latvia, begins on January 28.More news: CES 2018: Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra And L2 Launched
Speaking at a well-attended team unveiling in Calgary about the emotional phone calls informing players of their Olympic fate, Desjardins echoed the clear sentiment this will mean everything to these players. That's Canada's team, playing Canada's game.
Ed Willes, sports columnist for the Province newspaper, and Todd Harkins, general manager for the Prince George Cougars, on Canada's men's hockey team.
"We've seen our players numerous times".
Canada's first game is scheduled for February 15 when they take on Switzerland in preliminary round play.
Here's a link to Canada's roster. He now plays in the Swiss League. And Canadians can be behind them every step of the way. I think that's pretty special.
Historically, the Olympic games has lent itself to some of the most iconic moments in the history of hockey. I think people can relate to our team and that we'll be part of the Canadian fabric.
"A lot like other Canadians they've managed to battle and fight back".
Before that, he played at Clarkson University and helped the Golden Knights to a conference playoff title in 2007 and a regular season championship the following year.