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McDavid, Crosby, Pietrangelo named to Canada’s men’s hockey team for Beijing Olympics

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Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and Alex Pietrangelo have been named to Canada’s men’s hockey team for the Beijing Olympics.

General manager Doug Armstrong confirmed the news in an interview with the NHL’s official website.

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Crosby will appear at his third Olympics after scoring in overtime to capture gold in 2010 on home soil in Vancouver before captaining Canada to another podium-topping performance at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

The 34-year-old has led the Pittsburgh Penguins to three Stanley Cups and is a two-time Hart Trophy winner as NHL MVP.

New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Penguins won 5-4. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

McDavid is set to make his first Olympic appearance after the NHL declined to participate at the 2018 event in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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The 24-year-old captain of the Edmonton Oilers has won the Hart Trophy twice — including last season when he also led the league in scoring for the third time.

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The 31-year-old Pietrangelo won gold with Canada at the 2014 Olympics, and helped Armstrong’s St. Louis Blues to the franchise’s first Cup victory in 2019.

He signed a seven-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights in unrestricted free agency in October 2020.

Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Alex Pietrangelo celebrates his overtime goal on Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot during an NHL hockey game Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. The Golden Knights won 3-2. AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King

The men’s Olympic hockey tournament runs from Feb. 9 to 20. Canada’s first game goes Feb. 10 against Germany. The United States and hosts China make up the rest of Group A.

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