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Corban Knight named to Canadian Olympic Team

The former UND center will suit up for the Canadians in Beijing.

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Former UND center Corban Knight works out in Grand Forks.
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GRAND FORKS — In 2018, former UND defenseman Chay Genoway won an Olympic medal with Canada.

One of his old UND teammates will try to do the same next month.

Corban Knight has been named to the 2022 Canadian men's Olympic team and will play for the Canadians in the Beijing Games.

Knight is one of two former UND players on Canada's roster. The other is Adam Tambellini, who spent one semester at UND before jumping to Canadian major juniors.

Knight, a Hobey Baker Award finalist during his four-year career at UND, has become a dominant player in the top Russian league, the KHL.


The High River, Alta., product led Avangard Omsk to the league championships last season and he's among the league's top scorers this season. Knight ranks third in the league in points with 48 in 47 games.

Canada opens on Feb. 10 with a pool play game against Germany. It plays against the United States on Feb. 11 and against China on Feb. 13.

Knight played at UND from 2009-13, serving as an alternate captain as a junior and senior. After turning pro, Knight had stints with three NHL teams — the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers.

Knight began playing in the KHL during the 2019-20 season.

So far, UND men's hockey has four players named to Olympic rosters — current defenseman Jake Sanderson (USA), Knight and Tambellini (Canada), and former UND goalie Matej Tomek (Slovakia).

Former UND women's players expected at the Olympics are goalie Kristen Campbell (Canada), forward Josefine Jakobsen (Denmark), forwards Michelle Karvinen and Susanna Tapani (Finland), defenseman Johanna Fallman (Sweden) and forward Rebekah Kolstad (China).

Three former UND women's coaches also will be at the Beijing Games — Brian Idalski will serve as China's head coach, Peter Elander is leading Denmark to the Olympics for the first time ever and Max Markowitz will be an assistant with China.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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