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The Best In Stripes

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from The Hockey News,

The Hockey News asked 30 NHLers, one from each team, "Who do you think is the most consistent referee in the NHL?" 10 players (33.3 per cent) said Kerry Fraser, five (16.7 per cent) fingered Bill McCreary, four (13.3 per cent) suggested Don Van Massenhoven and two (6.7 per cent) selected Mike Hasenfratz and Mike McGeough. Six other referees were chosen once.
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Team Slovakia

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from the CP via TSN,

Ottawa Senators defencemen Zdeno Chara and Andrej Meszaros and Montreal Canadiens winger Richard Zednik were among 18 NHL players named to Slovakia's Olympic hockey roster Thursday.

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Finnish & German Teams

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Both from the Globe and Mail,

Captain Saku Koivu of the Montreal Canadiens and veteran winger Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks highlight Finland's 23-man Olympic team announced Thursday.
Goaltender Olaf Kolzig of the Washington Capitals and forward Marco Sturm of the Boston Bruins were among seven NHL players named to Germany's Olympic hockey team Wednesday.

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Bertuzzi Should Stay Home

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Twenty-five proud young men. And one cowardly thug. Twenty-five selections for Team Canada for whom you can make a good case, even if Adam Foote, Rob Blake, Shane Doan and Ed Jovanovski would not be on our team. And one major embarrassment who belongs in prison, not in Turin.
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Team Czech Republic

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from the AP-CP via TSN,

Star winger Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers and veteran goalie Dominik Hasek of the Ottawa Senators headlined the 23-man Olympic roster announced by the Czech Republic on Thursday. Forwards Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche, Robert Lang of the Detroit Red Wings, Ales Hemsky of the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun were also included on a star-ladden roster expected to challenge Canada for gold in Turin.
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Team Sweden

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via Afton Bladet, Målvakter: Stefan Liv, HV 71 Mikael Tellqvist, Toronto Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers Backar: Nicklas Lidström, Detroit Mattias Norström, Los Angeles Mattias Öhlund, Vancouver Kim Johnsson, Philadelphia Christian Bäckman, St Louis Kenny Jönsson, Rögle Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Forwards: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Peter Forsberg, Philadelphia Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Mats Sundin, Toronto Fredrik Modin, Tampa Bay Samuel Påhlsson, Anaheim Markus Näslund, Vancouver Per-Johan Axelsson, Boston Mika Hannula, HV 71 Jörgen Jönsson, Färjestad Mikael Samuelsson, Detroit Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

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Gonchar Trying To Improve

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Sergei Gonchar recently sat down with Sergei Gonchar, hoping to answer a simple yet perplexing question: What in the world has gone wrong with Sergei Gonchar? "I was trying to figure out what happened to me," Gonchar said Wednesday after practice at the Island Sports Center. "And I realized I'm not reading the game as I used to."
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Draper Very Honored To Play For Canada

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from the Detroit Free Press (Thursday edition) via the Mercury News,

For Kris Draper, though, the news came an hour before the official announcement, at around 4:15 p.m., when general manager Steve Tambellini called to congratulate him for making the 23-man roster. It was a call that soothed much-rattled nerves and cast a new glow on a career that already includes three Stanley Cup championships, a Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward, and the 2004 World Cup. "Being selected has to be the highlight of my career," Draper said Wednesday evening.
more update 9:08am Thursday, Free Press link now available...

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Debating Team Canada

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

This is a terrific looking Canadian Olympic hockey team with a serious chance to retain the golden legacy established four years ago in Utah. And there’s even a member of the Maple Leafs, Bryan McCabe, on the squad. Well, sort of.
continued from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
They promised controversy and right there, in the heart of Todd Bertuzzi country, they delivered it too.
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Team Canada

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via TSN, 2006 Olympic Team - Goaltenders Player S/C HT WT Birthdate Hometown Team Martin Brodeur L 6'2 210 5/6/72 Montreal, QC New Jersey Roberto Luongo L 6'3 205 4/4/79 Montreal, QC Florida Marty Turco L 6'0 171 8/13/75 Sault Ste. Marie, ON Dallas Defence Player S/C HT WT Birthdate Hometown Team Rob Blake R 6'4 225 12/10/69 Simcoe, ON Colorado Adam Foote R 6'2 215 7/10/71 Whitby, ON Columbus Ed Jovanovski L 6'2 210 6/26/76 Windsor, ON Vancouver Scott Niedermayer L 6'1 200 8/31/73 Cranbrook, BC Anaheim Chris Pronger L 6'6 218 10/10/74 Dryden, ON Edmonton Wade Redden L 6'2 205 6/12/77 Lloydminster, SK Ottawa Robyn Regehr L 6'2 226 4/19/80 Rosthern, SK Calgary Forwards Player S/C HT WT Birthdate Hometown Team Todd Bertuzzi R 6'3 245 2/2/75 Sudbury, ON Vancouver Shane Doan R 6'2 216 10/10/76 Halkirk, AB Phoenix Kris Draper L 5'11 190 5/24/71 Toronto, ON Detroit Simon Gagne L 6'0 190 2/29/80 Ste-Foy, QC Philadelphia Dany Heatley L 6'3 215 1/21/81 Calgary, AB Ottawa Jarome Iginla R 6'1 208 7/1/77 St. Albert, AB Calgary Vincent Lecavalier L 6'4 207 4/21/80 Ile Bizard, QC Tampa Bay Rick Nash L 6'3 188 6/16/84 Brampton, ON Columbus Brad Richards L 6'1 198 5/2/80 Murray Harbour, PEI Tampa Bay Joe Sakic L 5'11 195 7/7/69 Burnaby, BC Colorado Ryan Smyth L 6'1 190 2/21/76 Banff, AB Edmonton Martin St-Louis L 5'9 185 6/18/75 Laval, QC Tampa Bay Joe Thornton L 6'4 220 7/2/79 St. Thomas, ON San Jose Reserves Player S/C HT WT Birthdate Hometown Team Bryan McCabe L 6'2 220 6/8/75 St. Catharines, ON Toronto Jason Spezza R 6'3 211 6/13/83 Toronto, ON Ottawa Eric Staal L 6'4 205 6/29/84 Thunder Bay, ON Carolina

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