Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/02/07 at 07:56 PM ET
from the CP via TSN,
A phone call from Canada’s last Olympic captain sealed the deal for Captain Canada to join the Avs.
‘‘Joe Sakic called me and helped the process along,’’ Ryan Smyth told The Canadian Press in an interview Monday.
The two were teammates at the 2002 Salt Lake Games and 2006 Turin Olympics as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
‘‘It was like the icing on the cake,’’ added Smyth. ‘‘Joe as everybody knows is a world-class player, he’s a future Hockey Hall of Famer. The guys handles himself with a great deal of class. There’s no question he was an influence on it.’‘
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