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Matthew Tkachuk Wants to Represent Team USA in Olympics

After helping the Calgary Flames win a Stanley Cup, what’s Matthew Tkachuk’s big goal? That representing Team USA at the Olympics. Will he?

Watching Team USA win the World Juniors gave the Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk good memories – probably of his time during the 2016 World Junior Championship representing Team USA. This time, however, it was the possibility of his representing the United States in a future Olympics or World Cup.

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Tkachuk said, “I do think about that a lot. I do think about whether it’s next Olympics or whether it’s next World Cup or whatever it is, it would be unbelievable to represent your country in a best-on-best like that.”

Tkachuk added, “I’d say other than winning a Stanley Cup, winning an Olympic gold is the next thing on my bucket list for my career, so I’d love to get a chance to do it.”

Matthew Tkachuk Helped Team USA Win the Bronze in 2016

Tkachuk did have a chance to represent Team USA during the 2016 World Junior Championship (WJC). In fact, he starred for the team by scoring four goals and seven assists (for 11 points) in seven games. That season’s Team USA was exceedingly strong, and included current NHL players such as Auston Matthews, Christian Dvorak, Brock Boeser, defenseman Zach Werenski and a number of other current NHLers.

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There’s no doubt that Tkachuk will have a number of opportunities to represent American teams before his career is completed. (from “Flames’ Tkachuk pumped for Team USA’s world junior win,” Wes Gilbertson, Calgary Herald, 07/01/21).

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