Ice hockey-Canada title Crosby, McDavid in preliminary Beijing squad listing

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Oct 4 (Reuters) – Two-times gold medallist Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and Alex Pietrangelo had been named on Monday within the Canadian males’s ice hockey crew’s preliminary squad for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Participating nations had been requested to declare three gamers and there have been no surprises in Canada’s early choices given National Hockey League gamers are set to return to the Olympics after the league skipped the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

For the 34-year-old Crosby, who scored the Olympic gold-medal-winning targets in each 2010 and 2014, this can mark his third Olympics.

Crosby served as Canada’s alternate captain in 2010, the place he scored the additional time winner in opposition to the United States to win gold, and was captain of the squad that went undefeated on the Sochi Olympics.

McDavid, a 24-year-old ahead whose unimaginable expertise and offensive prowess earned him NHL most useful participant honours final season for the second time since he broke into the league in 2015, will make his Olympic debut in Beijing.

The 31-year-old Pietrangelo, a strong defender who can rush the puck up the ice and make offensive performs, made his Olympic debut in Sochi.

The remaining squad listing for the 23-man Canadian crew shall be revealed in January.

Canada open the Feb. 9-20 males’s ice hockey competitors in opposition to Germany on Feb. 10.

The NHL, sad over the prospect of interrupting its season to ship their most useful belongings abroad the place they might get harm, ended a run of 5 consecutive Winter Olympics when it determined to not go to Pyeongchang in 2018.

But the NHL has since labored out a take care of each the International Ice Hockey Federation and International Olympic Committee to ship its gamers to Beijing.

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto
Editing by Christian Radnedge

FILE PHOTO-Pittsburgh Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby, hoists the Stanley Cup while taking part in the Natal Day Parade in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada August 7, 2017.      REUTERS/Tim Krochak

FILE PHOTO-Ice Hockey - 2018 IIHF World Championships - Group B - Canada v Germany - Jyske Bank Boxen - Herning, Denmark - May 15, 2018 - Connor McDavid of Canada looks on. REUTERS/David W Cerny

FILE PHOTO-Pittsburgh Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby, hoists the Stanley Cup while taking part in the Natal Day Parade in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada August 7, 2017.      REUTERS/Tim Krochak