On Thursday, Hockey Canada will announce the roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Ahead of the announcement, there was speculation that Hockey Canada would extend an invite to Colorado Avalanche prospect Cale Makar.  The 19-year-old defenceman just helped Canada win gold at the World Juniors (eight points for the tournament) and was named to the tournament All-Star team.

Fans that were looking forward to seeing Makar possibly represent Canada at the Olympics didn't get their wish, though, as Darren Dreger reported he respectfully declined the opportunity.

Obviously this comes as a shock to some and there were a lot of reactions from hockey fans once the news broke.

As Bob McKenzie said, it's Makar's call and at the end of the day we should all respect his decision and wish him luck as he works towards a long and successful NHL career with future Olympic appearances.

(H/T: Darren Dreger)