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Mangiapane included on Team Canada’s ‘long list’ for 2022 Olympics: report

Team Canada has included Calgary Flames winger Andrew Mangiapane on its ‘long list’ to make the national roster for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, the Toronto Star‘s Chris Johnston reported Monday.

Mangiapane, 25, has seven points — all goals — in eight games with the Flames this season. He made his national team debut at the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Latvia, winning a gold medal and earning tournament MVP honours after scoring seven goals and 11 points in seven contests.

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Here’s an excerpt from Johnston’s report about Mangiapane’s candidacy for an Olympic roster spot:

Mangiapane was included on Canada’s Olympic long list, per sources, and he’s scored seven goals in eight games since. The speedy 25-year-old winger faces tough odds given the country’s enviable forward depth, but his dominant performance at the world championship in Latvia carries weight with Hockey Canada.

Pretty amazing for a guy who was once passed over for the world junior tournament and didn’t get drafted until his second year of eligibility. Calgary took him with the 166th pick in 2015 at the urging of scout Terry Dornan and that looks like a home-run selection now.

Mangiapane ranked fourth on the Flames with 32 points in 56 games last season. He placed third on the team with 18 goals, finishing one behind co-leaders Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm.

In 186 career NHL games with the Flames, Mangiapane has 50 goals and 84 points.