Former Merrimack defenseman Karl Stollery is inching closer to a spot on Canada’s Olympic roster. This week, Stollery was named to Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming Channel One Cup, a three-game tournament in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 13-17. Stollery was one of 25 players selected.
The management and coaching staff of Canada’s National Men’s Team – led by general manager Sean Burke and head coach Willie Desjardins – will use the Channel One Cup as part of the ongoing evaluation of Canadian talent in the lead-up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Stollery previously played for Team Canada at the Karjala Cup, which took place last month in Finland.
“This has been a very busy few months of evaluation of Canadian hockey talent from around the world, and we are feeling very positive about where we’re at in the process. We’re looking forward to the Channel One Cup and seeing how this group of players comes together at the tournament,” said Burke. “Our goal remains to put together the best possible team to compete in PyeongChang in February, and these 25 players are part of a larger group that remains under consideration. We continue to evaluate every Canadian player that’s eligible to play at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in order to gives ourselves the best possible chance for success in Korea.”
Two tournaments are slated for December – the Channel One Cup in Moscow, and the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, Dec. 26-31.