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Unknown Canadians: Maxim Noreau

One tactic that Team Canada 2018 is looking to copy from the successful 2010 and 2014 teams is capturing instant chemistry.

That helped make GM Sean Burke's and coach Willie Desjardins decision to include Maxim Noreau on defense an easy one. The 30 year old Noreau plays with the Swiss league powerhouse SC Bern along with fellow Olympians Andrew Ebbett and Mason Raymond.

Noreau, who was named captain for Canada's gold medal winning Spengler Cup team a few weeks ago, is star offensive defenseman known for his ability to skate and move the puck. He has been nothing short of exceptional in the international game.

The Montreal native was never drafted by a NHL team, though he did sign with the Minnesota Wild in 2008. Though he showed he could produce offensively at the AHL level over six seasons, he has only appeared in six NHL games.

With a strong tournament Noreau could attract another NHL offer, though it is said that he really enjoys hockey and life in Switzerland.


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