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Almond Joyous To Go To Olympics

Switzerland named both their men's and women's Olympic teams. It's another list of "who is that?" and "never heard of him" hockey players, at least from the North American viewpoint.

In fact I only really recognize three names - former NHLers Jonas Hiller and Raphael Diaz and women's goaltender Florence Schelling.

While perusing the list of names like Dominik Schlumpf and Ramon Untersander and Reto Scheppi, one name really stood out: Cody Almond.

Astute fans will remember Almond, once a NHL prospect who played a career total 25 games, all with the Minnesota Wild. He scored two career goals.

Almond is a Calgary born, Kelowna raised, Western Canadian through and through. But he is also a Swiss dual citizen as it was learned his maternal grandmother was Swiss.

That came in handy once Almond's NHL career came to an end. He headed to Switzerland as a coveted North American player who did not need import status in the Swiss league. And since he never played for Canada at an international tournament, he could play on the Swiss national team.

And that's exactly what Cody Almond will do in Pyeongchang.

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