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Rene Bourque, center, is one of two former Badgers men's hockey players on Canada's Olympic team.

PAVEL GOLOVKIN, Associated Press

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team's streak of having a current or former player compete at the Olympics lives on.

Defenseman Cody Goloubef and forward Rene Bourque were named Thursday to the Canadian Olympic team for the Pyeongchang Games in February.

Because the NHL is not allowing its players to be selected for Olympic teams for the first time since 1994, the tournament will be played with players competing in other leagues.

Goloubef, who played for UW from 2007 to 2010, is on an American Hockey League contract with the Stockton Heat. Bourque, whose Badgers career ended in 2004, plays for Djurgårdens IF in Sweden.

At least one Badgers player or alumnus has competed in the Olympics since 1976, when UW coach Bob Johnson took Steve Alley, Bob Lundeen and John Taft with him for the American squad.

Badgers coach Tony Granato, who played in the 1988 Games, is the coach of this year's U.S. Olympic team, which does not feature any former Badgers players.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.