Heat defenseman, Cody Goloubef is set to begin his dream of playing in the Olympics for team Canada. After spending time in Europe for team training, Goloubef and team Canada landed in South Korea ahead of the spectacular opening ceremonies.
— Cody Goloubef (@CodyGoloubef27) February 9, 2018
The men’s hockey portion of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang begins on Wednesday, February 14. Canada gets underway on Thursday but when the tournament starts a day prior, the rink in Pyeongchang will be full of former Stockton Heat and Thunder players.
In addition to Goloubef, eight former Stockton players will be in action representing four different countries, including the host country, South Korea. Mason Raymond, Linden Vey and Kevin Poulin will play alongside Goloubef for team Canada. Raymond played two seasons for the Flames organization, including 15 games with the Stockton Heat. Vey recorded 55 points in 61 games last season for the Heat. Netminder, Kevin Poulin played in 29 games for the Stockton Heat in the team’s inaugural season back in 2015-2016.
Representing team USA will be two former Stockton Thunder players Mark Arcobello and Ryan Zapolski. Zapolski was on the team for a brief stint in 2011 and Arcobello played 33 games in Stockton in 2010-2011 to begin his professional career.
South Korea will have two former Stockton Thunder players Bryan Young and Brock Radunske on their roster. Both players grew up in Canada, but became South Korean citizens after moving there after their Thunder playing days.
Former Heat enforcer, Jakub Nakladal will play on the blue line for the Czech Republic. He played 35 games for the Heat back in the 2015-2016 season.
Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4:10 a.m. vs. Switzerland
Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:10 p.m. vs. Czech Republic
Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4:10 a.m. vs. South Korea
Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 4:10 a.m. vs. Slovenia
Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:10 p.m. vs. Slovakia
Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4:10 a.m. vs. Russia
Team South Korea
Thursday, Feb. 15th at 4:10 a.m. vs. Czech Republic
Saturday, Feb. 17th at 11:40 p.m. vs. Switzerland
Sunday, Feb. 18th at 4:10 a.m. vs. Canada
Team Czech Republic
Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4:10 a.m. vs. South Korea
Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:10 p.m. vs. Canada
Sunday, Feb. 18 at 11:40 p.m. vs. Switzerland
All games can be seen on the NBC Networks. The playoffs with the four remaining teams will start on Monday, February 19.