Three BCHL grads make Team Canada Olympic roster

Duncan Keith, Jamie Benn and Carey Price are Team Canada members with experience in the junior A league.

Three BCHL grads will wear the maple leaf when Team Canada hits the ice at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Canadian roster was announced Monday.

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith, a former Penticton Vee, will lead the blueline crew. Keith played with Penticton from 1999-01, scoring 27 goals and 118 points in 119 games before moving on to Michigan State University.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who had a brief stint with the Quesnel Millionaires, will compete with Vancouver Canuck Roberto Luongo and Phoenix Coyotes stopper Mike Smith for the No. 1 job. During the 2002-03 season, Price played 11 games in Quesnel as a 16 year old before moving up to the Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans.

The final BCHL alum is Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn, who once skated for the Victoria Grizzlies. Through 61 games over parts of three seasons, Benn had 42 goals, 65 points and 80 penalty minutes. He ended up starring with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets before going to Dallas.

Get more Team Canada info at hockeycanada.ca and more BCHL info at bchl.ca

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, start Feb. 7