Just under 24 hours before Hockey Canada was set to announce its team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a mistimed tweet from the International Ice Hockey Federation revealed the roster, and two former Capitals make the cut.
In a now-deleted tweet, the IIHF revealed the 25-man roster for the Canadians, with Eric Staal and Mason McTavish headlining the roster. It features a number of familiar faces, including Washington alumni Daniel Carr and Daniel Winnik.
Mistimed IIHF Tweet leads to Canada's men's Olympic roster being revealed a day early pic.twitter.com/W5q0EocAp1
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Winnik spent two seasons with the Capitals from 2015 to 2016, racking up 14 goals, 30 points and 71 PIM in 92 games. He spent one more season in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild, picking up six goals and 23 points. The 36-year-old then headed overseas after signing in the Swiss-A league in the 2017 offseason. He has been with Geneve Servette over the last three seasons. Through 36 games so far, he has dished 22 goals, 45 points and 55 PIM.
Washington inked Daniel Carr to a one-year, two-way deal back in 2020, and he played in eight games on loan with the National League’s HC Lugano, recording four goals and eight points. He played in six games with the Capitals, where he picked up one assist. Carr returned to HC Lugano this offseason. Through 17 games so far, he has seven goals, 16 points and 12 PIM.
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Both Winnik and Carr had reportedly been on Team Canada’s shortlist, along with former Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic. Leipsic did not make the Olympic roster. He played 61 games in 2019-20 for Washington before the Capitals released him after he attacked his linemates and made comments about possible drug use, as well as inappropriate remarks about women, through Instagram private chats.
Fan-favorite Eric Fehr had also earned Olympic consideration, but will not play for Team Canada in Beijing. He had 42 points in 50 games in the Swiss-A league last season. This year, he has played in five games for the KHL’s Kazan Ak-Bars.
Winnik and Carr are not the only past Washington players to lace ’em up at the Olympics. Former Capitals blueliner Aaron Ness will be on the blue line for Team USA.