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No CHL Olympians

As Canada continues to look for players to wear the Maple Leaf at next year's Olympics, rumours are circulating that CHL players under NHL contract could be considered.

The name brought up most by sports pundits - Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube.

Dube was a member of Canada's 2017 silver medal winning world junior team, and a dominating force during the recent two game CIBC Canada-Russia series.

Don't believe the hype says Bruce Hamilton, president and GM of the Rockets and chairman of the board of the Western Hockey League.

"It's been talked about, and with my affiliation with Hockey Canada, I have a feel for what's going on. I think a lot of it is talk," said Hamilton.

"There's lots of guys playing in Europe that are as good, or better, than guys at their ages."

Hamilton says he finds the idea hard to believe saying, unlike the world junior's, the Olympics is not a 19-year-old tournament.

As well, Hamilton says CHL teams across the country already lose players to various teams and tournaments.

"The Kelowna Rockets could be missing three players from the 10th of December to the 5th or 6th of January. We feel that's a significant contribution to Hockey Canada.

"We've allowed every player to participate at the levels offered to him at every level. I think it's important. But, I also think there's obligation to the hockey club somewhere down the line, because they have been part of our organization since they were 15."



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