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Canada names ex-Sabres Roy, Gragnani to Olympic team

Derek Roy's Olympic dream is a reality.

The former Buffalo Sabres center is one of 25 players who will represent Canada at the 2018 Games next month in South Korea. Hockey Canada unveiled the roster Thursday, and it also includes former Sabres defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani.

With the NHL unwilling to send players to the Games, Roy is one of the most recognizable selections for Canada. He spent nine seasons in the Sabres' organization, helping the team advance to the Eastern Conference finals in 2006 and 2007. The 34-year-old played 738 games in the NHL, recording 189 goals and 524 points.

Roy has spent the last three seasons overseas and is playing in Sweden this year. He was a finalist for the Canadian Olympic team in 2010.

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The Sabres drafted Gragnani in the third round in 2005, and the defenseman spent five seasons in the organization. He played 59 games for Buffalo, scoring twice and adding 13 assists. The 30-year-old is playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

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