Ben Scrivens Named To Team Canada For Upcoming Olympics

Ben Scrivens Named To Team Canada For Upcoming Olympics

ITHACA, N.Y. – Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Ben Scrivens '10 has been selected as one of the three goaltenders to compete with Team Canada at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Scrivens was a first-team All-American with the Big Red during his senior season, when he was also named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year while backstopping Cornell to the league championship. In his third season as the team's starting goaltender, he ranked first in the nation in save percentage (.934) and second in goals against average (1.87). Scrivens also set the program record for longest shutout streak at 267 minutes, 11 seconds, which still ranks third-longest in NCAA history.

Upon departing East Hill, Scrivens signed a professional contract with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs. He made his NHL debut during the 2011-12 season and stayed in the organization for one more year, before a few more NHL stops with the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens.

After the 2015-16 season, Scrivens decided to go abroad and compete in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League, which is widely regarded as the world's top non-North American hockey league. He spent one season in Belarus with Dinamo Minsk, then signed with Russian club Salavat Yulaev Ufa for the 2017-18 campaign.

With the NHL opting not to let its players participate in this year's Olympics, Scrivens quickly entered the conversation as one of the best available goalies for Canada. The Spruce Grove, Alberta native played with the national team in seven tournament games earlier this season, posting a very respectable 2.03 goals against average.

Scrivens will become Cornell's six player to participate in the Olympics, and the fourth to suit up for Team Canada alongside Darren Eliot (1984), Kent Manderville (1992), Dan Ratushny (1992) and Joe Nieuwendyk (1998, 2002). Defenseman Doug Murray was Cornell's last Olympian, competing for Sweden in 2010.