Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proud AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, along with Team Canada have announced that defenseman Cody Goloubef has been named to Canada’s roster for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which begins on February 9 and carries through February 25.
“We are extremely proud of Cody being named to the roster for Team Canada and look forward to him competing for gold in Pyeongchang,” Heat General Manager Brad Pascall said. “It’s a tremendous honor for any player to represent their country, and we are very excited to see the tournament begin in February and wish Cody and Team Canada nothing but the best of luck.”
This will be the third time Goloubef has represented Team Canada at a major international tournament, playing for Canada in the World Junior Championships in 2009 and most recently at the 2017 Spengler Cup, where he and Team Canada three-peated as Spengler Cup Champions.
“It’s such an honor and privilege to represent your country,” Goloubef said. “To have that chance on the Olympic level is just a dream come true.”
Team Canada will play in Group A during the 2018 Winter Olympics, grouped with the Czech Republic, Switzerland and South Korea. Group B features Russia, the USA, Slovakia and Slovenia while Group C features Sweden, Finland, Norway and Germany. The group winners and the second ranked team will advance to the quarter-finals while the other teams will play a qualification game.
The Gold medal game will take place on February 25 while the Bronze medal game will take place a day before. The Winter Olympics will be televised in the USA on NBC.
Goloubef, 28, now becomes the fifth player in the history of the Flames top affiliate to be called to international duty while playing for the top affiliate of the Flames, joining John Harrington, Jim Johannson, Kevin Dahl and C.J. Young.
Harrington played for Team USA in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo of the former Yugoslavia while playing for the Colorado Flames (CHL). Jim Johannson would be next to earn his chance to go to the games with Team USA in the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary after playing for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles (IHL). Finally, both Dahl and Young would play for Team Canada and Team USA respectively during the 1992 Winter Olympics held in Albertville, France with both players skating for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles.
Of the previous four athletes to receive the International call while playing for the Calgary Flames top affiliate, only Kevin Dahl medaled, earning a Silver with Team Canada.
Goloubef is one of four players with Stockton Heat connections to be named to the roster for Team Canada including former Heat goalie Kevin Poulin and former Heat forwards Mason Raymond and Linden Vey. Goloubef is also one of three AHL players named to Team Canada including Belleville Senator Chris Kelly and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin Christian Thomas.