The 2018 Winter Olympics takes place from February 9 to 25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As you may have heard, players currently under NHL contract will not be allowed to participate. This is because the league is not willing to facilitate an Olympic break with the current schedule. The NHL has also made arrangements with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and IIHF not to contact any league players for participation. However, the Russian-based KHL will allow its players to perform at the Olympics.
There are also 12 nations that will still vie for gold in the Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. They are as follows:
With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the non-NHL players who will be participating for their respective countries.
Mark Arcobello is definitely someone to watch in the upcoming Olympic Games. The right-winger is a former NHL star who played for the Edmonton Oilers and other teams. He currently plays for SC Bern in the National League (NL). Arcobello has great skills and is someone who the team is looking to for leadership. This may also be his path back to playing for the NHL.
Troy Terry is another American ice-hockey player to keep an eye on. He currently plays for the University of Denver – NCAA as a center. He was also drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and is known for his swift skills and smooth plays.
Brandon Kozun is also slated to make an impact for Team Canada. Ironically, Kozun was born in the USA and currently plays for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). As mentioned earlier, the Russian-based KHL will see a 33-day break in their schedule to facilitate the Olympic Games. Kozun also had the opportunity to play for Russia or USA, but chose Canada due to his participation in the 2010 Junior Ice Hockey Championships as part of the Canadian junior team. The right-winger will bring seven years of experience to the ice, and is also a former player with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jonas Hiller is a professional ice hockey goaltender with EHC Biel of the National League (NL). He also played for the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks – and began his NHL career back in 2007. Known for his great glove and blocking skills, Hiller has won several championships in the past and is sure to make his mark at the Olympic Games.
Get a full breakdown of participating nations, team rosters and groups on this page, then start getting ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics!
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