Earning an NHL contract is the top priority for Utica Comets’ Darren Archibald this season; however, while at Vancouver Canucks training camp in September the undrafted forward received an unexpected phone call.

The 27-year-old was notified by Hockey Canada that he is being considered for a roster spot on the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team.

“(They) said I’m on the radar for Hockey Canada for the Olympics. Obviously it’s in the back of my mind,” Archibald told the Sporting News. “I’m just focused on playing my game, getting off to a good start, staying healthy and obviously my main goal is to get an NHL contract, but if that doesn’t happen, (the Olympics) will be an exciting opportunity.

“It’d be exciting to get that opportunity, but getting back to the NHL is my main priority right now and earning a contract.”


Archibald is currently on an American Hockey League contract. Signing an NHL deal with the Canucks between now and February would make him ineligible for the Olympics.

The Newmarket, Ont. native, who is in his seventh pro season, has never represented Canada at any level, but with NHL players unavailable to Hockey Canada for the winter games in Pyeongchang, those not on NHL contracts are vying for Olympic roster spots.