Could the next Canadian Olympic men's hockey team have some star power after all? Team general manager Sean Burke said Tuesday that he's inquired about the plans and potential availability of long-time NHLers and current free agents Shane Doan and Jarome Iginla. Burke, who's building the first Canadian Olympic roster without NHL players since 1994, suggested that both former Olympians would have to be playing somewhere if they were to be considered. He reached out to their representatives on Tuesday morning. "We want to look at all possibilities, but there has to be a long-term plan because it's going to very intense (at the Olympics) and it's going to be great hockey and guys are going to have to have a plan for the year," Burke said on a conference call, which also included the team's head coach Willie Desjardins. Whether or not the two veterans would be interested is another question. "We really are not dealing with this issue as of now," Don Meehan, Iginla's agent, said in an email to The Canadian Press. Canada just completed two tournaments in Russia with 45 players vying for spots on the Olympic squad in Pyongchang. That group included former NHLers like Derek Roy, Mason Raymond, Max Talbot and Gilbert Brule.
Hockey Canada contacts Doan and Iginla for Olympics
TSN | Aug 22