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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Iginla is still entrenched as one of Canada’s best all-around forwards. He is a sniper, a hard-nosed opponent, a genuine leader in every facet of the game, and a lock for Vancouver in February.
But as we convene in Calgary this week in preparation for what will be the biggest Canadian hockey tournament since the 1972 Summit Series, there is this guy named Sidney Crosby. And doesn’t he have “Captain” written all over him?
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Heatley, who wanted a trade out of Ottawa but rejected a deal that would have sent him to Edmonton this summer, admitted he wanted out of the nation’s capital because of his diminished role with the Senators. But the Calgarian was met by a throng of fans wanting him to put pen to picture, card, sweater, shirt or any other article on hand.
“We’re all Canadian hockey players right now,” Heatley said. “We’re all going for one goal. We’re trying for one team, and the Canadian fans know that.”
The uproar surrounding him has created a perception Heatley doesn’t want to play in Canada. But the sniper, who arrived early to spend time with his family, adamantly said that’s not the case.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,
Anyone who thinks Stephen Harper, with his fragile government and fractured economy, has the toughest job in the country should consider the task Steve Yzerman is about to face.
The prime minister of the national game - also known as executive director of the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team - must somehow turn the 45 red and white players who will take to the ice this evening at the Pengrowth Saddledome into gold.
Silver or bronze - Canadian hockey’s equivalent of winning a minority government - simply will not do.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
And so, 34 American hopefuls departed suburban Chicago on Wednesday with their Olympic appetites merely whetted.
The main course begins Oct. 1, when these players will begin a three-month audition for a berth on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team in Vancouver with the start of the National Hockey League’s regular season.
In the past, pre-Olympic gatherings like the three-day event that ended here Wednesday night would have been more a mixer, a social. Given a relatively shallow talent pool, the rosters would have been pretty much set beforehand.
from Rachel Brady of CTV Olympics,
What are the key things you will be watching for at camp?
1. The type of system Mike Babcock wants to put in place for this staff. That’s a major reason why this camp takes place, so the players understand the mindset and the philosophy the coaching staff, because you don’t have a lot of prep time going into the Olympics.
2. How the younger players respond to the pressure of being in a camp like this with more established players. I’ll use Sidney Crosby as an example - he’ll be a focal point player. How does he respond to the challenge? I think he’ll do very well, but it will be so interesting to see him in that environment.
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun give us an update from day 2.
Good to see both back to work too.
Watch many other Team USA participants here.
from NHL This Morning at NHL Home Ice,
Team USA hopeful Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs joined Scott Laughlin from the USA Olympic orientation camp in Chicago. Mike talked about representing his country and joining the Maple Leafs this off-season
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
The Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team wants no part of any Dany Heatley distraction.
That’s why Hockey Canada’s officials hope to talk to Heatley’s agents, J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpine, during the next day or two, asking the disgruntled Ottawa Senators star to clear the air before the Olympic team’s summer orientation camp opens Monday in his hometown of Calgary.
“We would obviously prefer to get this out of the way as quickly as possible,” André Brin, Hockey Canada’s manager of communications, said Monday. “We’ll see what happens over the next couple of days, but once the camp starts, we want to worry about the camp. At some point, (Heatley) has to be available.”
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