The final team roster is in for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games with the opening ceremony only a few weeks away.
On Tuesday, China unveiled the 25-man group that will play host to the rest of the world in Beijing next month, representing the nation's first-ever opportunity to compete for Olympic gold in hockey.
China's roster is quite different than those of its counterparts at the upcoming tournament, with the bulk of the nation's positional slots being filled by members of the KHL club Kunlun Red Star who aren't actually Chinese citizens but have since been nationalized in order to meet Olympic eligibility.
The snag in China's quest for gold, however, is that Kunlun currently ranks dead-last in the KHL standings through 48 games.
Kunlun's 9-32-7 record, in fact, doesn't even come close to demonstrating just how poorly this team has played this season. The club has earned just 25 points at this point in the year, a whopping 10 fewer than the next closest team in the standings, while their -97 goal differential -- highlighted by an astronomical 198 goals allowed that ranks as a league-worst mark by over 50 goals -- is far and away the lowest in the entire KHL.
While the lack of NHLers at this year's Games certainly evens the playing field, with this roster, China will be lucky to score even a single goal throughout the course of the tournament, let alone compete for gold.
Then again, crazy things tend to happen at the Olympics. Just not THIS crazy.
The full roster list can be found below.
Spencer Foo, Jianing Guo, Brandon Yip, Wei Zhong, Luke Lockhart, Parker Foo, Xudong Xiang, Cory Kane, Zesen Zhang, Ethan Werek, Juncheng Yan, Tyler Wong, Rudi Ying
Jason Fram, Ryan Sproul, Zimeng Chen, Jake Chelios, Pengfei Zhang, Denis Osipov, Ruinan Yan, Zach Yuen
Paris O'Brien, Pengfei Han, Jeremy Smith