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Captain Canada

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
More so than Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, Jarome Iginla and Mario Lemieux, Ryan Smyth has become the face of Canadian hockey. Indeed, the gritty winger from Jasper, Alberta, has become the heart, soul and the very mullet of Canadian hockey on the international stage. Which is a good thing for Hockey Canada and its fans, but it's might not be such a good thing if you're Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe. And if truth be told, it's probably not such a good thing for Smyth, either. In the Canadian dressing room at hockey festivals like the World Championships, World Cup of Hockey or the recently completed Olympic orientation camp, other players refer to Smyth as Captain Canada. It's a nickname given to Smyth by media covering the World Championships a few years ago. The moniker has stuck even though Smyth is understandably reticent to discuss it, especially with Gretzky standing a few feet away and guys like Steve Yzerman and other Canadian heroes down the hall.


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