Big Mississauga defenceman cracks Team Canada Olympic hockey lineup, heads to Beijing

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Published January 25, 2022 at 4:16 pm

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Mississauga native Owen Power is heading to Beijing as one of eight defenceman on a Team Canada squad that’ll do battle for Olympic hockey gold.

The towering and skilled 6-foot-5, 214-pound Power, selected first overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2021 NHL entry draft, was named to the 25-player roster this week.

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), announced the team that will compete in China at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, which run Feb. 4-20 in Beijing.

The Canadian entry is comprised of three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards.

Power, 19, got off to a record-setting start at the recent World Junior Men’s Hockey Championship in Alberta before the tourney was suddenly cancelled due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

His three goals in a 6-3 win over the Czechs in Canada’s opening game of the tournament marked the first time in tourney history that a Canadian defenceman netted a hat trick.

Power also added a pair of assists in the two games Canada played before the championship was halted.

A former captain of his Mississauga Reps team, Power played junior hockey in the U.S. before moving on to the University of Michigan, where he suited up for the Wolverines hockey squad.

Team Canada officials say they’re proud to unveil the 25-player Canadian roster that will compete in Beijing.

“We know these athletes will represent our country with a tremendous amount of pride as they compete for an Olympic gold medal,” said Tom Renney, CEO of Hockey Canada. “Hockey Canada wishes to extend its congratulations to all the players and their families on their nomination to the Canadian Olympic Team. We know Canadians across the country and around the world will join us in cheering on the team at Beijing 2022.”

The team has gathered in Davos, Switzerland for an eight-day training camp that runs till Feb. 1. Canada will practice and play a pre-tournament game against the Swiss in Zug, Switzerland on Feb. 1 before travelling to Beijing.

Team Canada will also play one pre-tournament game against the United States on Feb. 7 in Beijing. The hockey tourney runs Feb. 9 to 20.

 

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