With the NHL’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, players that would never have sniffed their national teams at an Olympic event have earned a chance at making their country’s respective rosters.
In December, we saw former Capital and current Hershey Bear, Chris Bourque as well as Ryan Stoa named to the US Olympic team in late December. Thursday, the Canadian Olympic team announced their squad and it features even more former Capitals and Bears.
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Former Caps Justin Peters and Wojtek Wolski along with former Bears Chay Genoway and Christian Thomas will play for Canada in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Peters, a 2014 free agent signing, spent parts of two seasons within the Capitals organization, playing in twelve games for the big club in 2014-15. Wolski, a 2012 free agent signing, lasted only 27 games with the Caps before making his way to the KHL. He would later break his neck in Russia. He incredibly made a comeback from that injury this season.
Thomas played in 70 games for the Bears in 2016-17 and Genoway played in 65 games over the course of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
Former Capital, Hershey Bear, and RMNB blogger Andrew Gordon just missed the cut.