No fewer than 17 players from the KHL have been called up for national team duty by Hockey Canada for November’s Karjala Cup in Finland. The team with the largets contingent is Kunlun Red Star, four of whose players have been chosen to represent their country as pre-Olympic preparations gather pace. Canada will face Switzerland, Sweden, and the hosts, Finland.
The full 26-man roster is as follows:
Rene Bourque, Djurgardens IF (SHL); Gilbert Brule, Kunlun Red Star; Andrew Ebbett, SC Bern (NLA); Matt Ellison, Metallurg Magnitogorsk; Matt Frattin, Barys Astana; Quinton Howden, Dinamo Minsk; Rob Klinkhammer, Ak Bars; Brandon Kozun, Lokomotiv; Eric O’Dell, HC Sochi; Mason Raymond, SC Bern (NLA); Derek Roy, Linköping HC (SHL); Dylan Sikura, Northeastern University (HE); Christian Thomas, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL); Linden Vey, Barys; Wojtek Wolski, Kunlun Red Star.
Jesse Blacker, Kunlun Red Star; Simon Despres, Slovan; Chay Genoway, Lada; Geoff Kinrade, Kunlun Red Star; Chris Lee, Metallurg Magnitogorsk; Maxim Noreau, SC Bern (NLA); Mat Robinson, CSKA; Karl Stollery, Dinamo Riga; Zach Whitecloud, Bemidji State University (WCHA);