2006 Olympics (If Pro's can go) – Canadian Edition

I have been here for just over two years under various user names, and remember the talks about the 2002 Olympic team. Now we must look and think, as 2005 opens in 5 hours and 45 minutes, the Winter Olympics are a year, a month and two weeks away, and the team must be assembled within 1 year, and if the rules are the same as 02, they have to name eight players in March.I can think of some of my favorite players who will be gone by then:

Yzerman

Lemieux

Roberts (Not much of a chance any ways)

MacInnis (My friend is a distant cousin of his and says he’ll likely retire very soon)

Nieuwendyk

Lemieux

Belfour

Recchie

Lindros

Fleury

Messier (Old Enough to be coach of this team.)

Dave Andreychuck

and likely many more…

I’m gonna start with coaching. Pat Quinn has established himself as “Canada’s Coach” he is our Ivan Hnlinka, our Herb Brooks, I just hope he doesn’t follow suite and die in a car accident this summer.

So with Lemieux gone, who to captain? Almost any player on the team could captain any other international hockey team, but who’s to captain? Well I think every one knows Joe Sakic.

The first eight? Hmm… lets see…. Joe Sakic, Vincent Lecavalier, Jarome Iginla, Martin St.Louis, Joe Thornton, Rob Blake, Christ Pronger, Scott Neidermayer. That was quick.

Now to a question I ask my self. Can Crosby make the team? He has been doing an excellent job for Canada in the WJHC, but can’t match up to Patric Bergeron, who many would think not make the team. So can Crosby play? Yes. Is it because Gretzky is picking the team? Yes.

So what is my Roster? Here you go:

Iginla/Sakic/Kariya

Murray/Thornton/Smyth

Heatley/Richards/St.Louis

Lecavalier/Doan/Nash

EXTRA: Tanguay

Pronger/Brewer

Neidermayer/Jovanovski

Blake/Brewer

EXTRA: Redden

Brodeur

Luongo

Joseph (I know I’m nuts, and he’ll be old, but I still like Cujo, it’s not being a traitor, who wouldn’t want a cup.)

So bash my team all you want, it’s what I think.

Next Up: Russia Preview


18 Responses to 2006 Olympics (If Pro's can go) – Canadian Edition

  1. greatlife15 says:

    Happy New Year everybody! It was quite a smash celebrating while your restaurant spins around once every 72 minutes.

    Anyways, So first you say Crosby can play but I dont see him working out in your line-up.

  2. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I think he has the ability to play with the big guns, I just don’t think he will be the best man for a job.

    Or in other words, I forgot about Crosby for the three minutes it took me to make that lineup, and I’m making an excuse.

  3. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Actually wait, forget my last reply, I said Crosby can make the team because Gretz is picking the team.

  4. Wills says:

    Draper will be on that team on a line with Thorton and Doan. That was Canada’s best line during the World Cup, especially during the final two games, when their line scored 4 of Canada’s 7 goals, while playing against the other teams best lines. I would take Kariya out of that lineup and maybe even Murray.

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Draper is a grinder, while a great player, he was there for grinding, and Grinding is not the Olympic style. The World Cup is very different. Kariya is one of my favorite players and he is there because Kariya is small and thrives in a low contact game. I still say signing in Colorado was the biggest mistake of his life. In fact, not resigning in Anaheim, was the biggest mistake of his life.

  6. shady_records says:

    Brewer is dressed twice.

  7. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Ya one of them should be Foote.

  8. greatlife15 says:

    And that is true, Gretzky is picking the team. So this team that you put out is what YOU think is going to be the team, or is the team that you think GRETZKY will put out. My senses tell me that this is YOUR team.

  9. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Ya, it’s my team, isn’t that what I put?

  10. greatlife15 says:

    Welllllllllll, If you are going to put out a roster for a team, and you name players in the article, then should they not be in the roster that you post at the end of the article?

  11. kylewellwood says:

    first off all we have a better chance of seing randy robbittallie stacey roest and cory hirsch defending the gold medal the way the CBA is going….second of all the team you have is a little unrealistic

    heres mine the more obvious choice:

    (in no line combinations)

    Sakic

    Iginla

    Richards

    St. LOuis

    Gange

    Lecavilier

    Heatley

    Smyth

    Thorton

    Doan

    Nash

    Draper

    Lemieuiex/ Yzerman (one of them if they still play)

    Pronger

    Blake

    Nidiermeyer

    Jovanovski

    Regher

    Brewer

    BOuwmester

    Brodeur

    Luongo

    Theodore

  12. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    That was just my opinion… Lemieux will be gone.

  13. electroreturns says:

    A ridiculous post!!!! Why don’t you go back to using your father’s a$$crack as a drinking box and stop wasting our time with this garbage. Why don’t we start talking about the 2024 all star game? My sister just had a son, do you think he will be playing on it Leafy??? By the way, you spell suit without an E! Is Brewer really that good or really that big that he takes up 2 roster spots???

  14. electroreturns says:

    Not if he clones himself!

  15. hockeyhead says:

    patrice bergeron…..tearing it up for the junior team, should be on the big team as well.

  16. greatlife15 says:

    Lookie, its electro again

  17. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Electro’s back. We were just talking about how much we missed you. Welcome back old *****wad.

  18. hockeyhead says:

    oh, i thought it was like double shifting on super nintendo

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