Owen Power will join Canada’s Olympic team; Cole Perfetti, Eric Staal among those on the long list: Source
Owen Power will join Team Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team for upcoming games in Beijing, China, athleticism‘s Corey Pronman has confirmed. Power is the first name announced to the Team Canada roster since the NHL announced it would withdraw from the Olympics on December 22.
TSN’s Darren Dreger was first to report the news.
Power, 19, was the first pick in the 2021 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabers. The defenseman was part of the 2022 Canadian World Junior team and became the first Canadian defenseman to score a hat trick when he scored three goals in the team’s opener against Czechia before the cancellation of the tournament due to COVID-19.
Cole Perfetti, Eric Staal, Kent Johnson and Mason McTavish highlight a non-exhaustive list of 26 players who are on Canada’s long list for the Olympics, AthleticScott Wheeler’s learned. On the long list are two players who have been embroiled in controversy, Jake Virtanen and Brendan Leipsic.
The Canucks took Virtanen on leave in May and ordered an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Vancouver then placed Virtanen on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout in July. At the time, he was the subject of a civil lawsuit in Kelowna, British Columbia, where he denied the allegations in the motions filed on his behalf and was the subject of a parallel investigation by the service of Vancouver police.
Washington parted ways with Leipsic in May 2020, two days after offensive comments the winger made in a private Instagram group chat surfaced on social media. In the comments, Leipsic addressed derogatory comments to the women, made reference to illicit drug use, and launched attacks on his former and current teammates, including his teammates in Washington.
Here are the names from the long list that athleticism was able to confirm:
The NHL’s decision not to allow players to participate in the Games came amid concerns about COVID-19, a growing number of players in protocol and numerous game postponements that have affected the schedule of the league, forcing them to suspend their season from December 22 to December. 28.
NHL players haven’t played at the Olympics since 2014, when Canada won the gold medal. The league did not allow players to participate in the Pyeongchang 2018 Games due to a dispute with the International Olympic Committee over coverage of travel and insurance costs for players abroad.
Teams like Team Canada rely on non-NHL players to replace their NHL players at the Games. Former Team Canada general manager Bill Armstrong, who will not be on the team’s staff in Beijing, has previously said that Scott Salmond and his team are tasked with finding new players.
(Photo: Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP)