Hockey Canada will take part in a pair of pre-Olympic tournaments next month, and former Merrimack defenseman Karl Stollery is on Canada’s roster for the Sochi Hockey Open.
Stollery, who had been under an NHL contract for the last five seasons, signed with Dinamo Riga in the KHL this offseason. Last year, with the New Jersey Devils, Stollery notched three assists in 11 NHL games and 17 points in 59 AHL games with Albany.
With the NHL opting out of the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea, international hockey bodies have been going back to a more traditional model of selecting Olympic rosters. While nothing has been officially announced for USA Hockey or Hockey Canada, it’s presumed that the player pool could include current college players and other professional players not currently under NHL contracts, including players under AHL deals or playing professionally overseas, such is the case with Stollery.
Stollery being selected for the Sochi Hockey Open roster could indicate that he’s on Canada’s shortlist for a potential spot in the 2018 Canadian Olympic team. In the past, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey haven’t announced Olympic rosters until January (usually at the Winter Classic). However, with the teams not using NHL talent for these upcoming games, it’s not known when each governing body will unveil its rosters.--
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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