Nelson’s Geoff Kinrade (seen here in white) didn’t make the cut for Canada’s Olympic roster. Photo submitted

Canada excludes Kinrade from Olympic roster

The Nelson native took part in tryouts for the Winter Games hockey team

Canada has announced its men’s hockey roster for the upcoming Winter Games, and it doesn’t include Nelson’s Geoff Kinrade.

Kinrade, a defenceman playing in the KHL, had taken part in two Olympic tryouts but wasn’t part of the 25-man roster announced Thursday morning.

Because the NHL is withholding its players from competing at the Games, Canada’s most famous players such as Sidney Crosby and Carey Price aren’t making the trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month.

Instead, Canada’s lineup features former NHLers such as Mason Raymond and Gilbert Brule. Vernon’s Andrew Ebbett, who played in the NHL for Anaheim, Chicago, Minnesota, Phoenix, Vancouver and Pittsburgh, is the only B.C. native to make the team.

Related: Geoff Kinrade’s globe-trotting hockey career

Here’s the complete roster:

Forwards:

Rene Bourque, Gilbert Brule, Andrew Ebbett, Quinton Howden, Chris Kelly, Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Kozun, Maxim Lapierre, Eric O’Dell, Mason Raymond, Derek Roy, Christian Thomas, Linden Vey and Wojtek Wolski.

Defencemen:

Stefan Elliott, Chay Genoway, Cody Goloubef, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Chris Lee, Maxim Noreau, Mat Robinson and Karl Stollery.

Goaltenders:

Justin Peters, Kevin Poulin and Ben Scrivens.



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