Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/1/14

The United States hockey team came very close to adding a veteran presence to their roster on Wednesday when they accidentally invited a 67-year-old Canadian to join their squad. Before Team USA announced its Olympic roster at the Winter Games, they had sent text messages to the group of players in the mix, letting them know that they would be contacted if they made the team. One lucky man in Toronto presumably thought his childhood dreams were coming true, though, when he received a message intended for Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, informing him that he would be representing the United States in Sochi. Apparently, Kesler had changed his phone number, but the new owner of his digits wasn’t about to let his age or citizenship get in the way of jumping at the offer that doesn’t come around often. Check out the awesome exchange below. Before announcing the roster for the Olympic Team, USA Hockey sent text messages to players in the mix saying they would be contacted...— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) January 01, 2014 ...but Ryan Kesler had changed his #. The guy who has it now said "I'm a 67 year old Canadian in Vancouver, I'd be happy to play for you."— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) January 01, 2014 And he added: "I think Canada would be even happier if I played for you." The USA Hockey guys had a good laugh.— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) January 01, 2014 Click here for Team USA’s final roster>> Click here for the biggest snubs >>Filed under: Anna Fogel, Headlines, NHL, Olympics

PLAYERS: Ryan Kesler
TEAMS: Vancouver Canucks
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