Crosby on Team Canada's long Olympic list

Mr. Gretzky and his crew have compiled a list of 81 potential players for the upcoming games.

I don’t have to tell you that Iggy, Sakic and Super Mario were on it, but there were also a few surprises, Steve Staios and forwards Shawn Horcoff and Wes Walz among them.

Also a kid you might have heard of named Sidney Crosby has made the list, as well as fellow rookies Jeff Carter, Michael Richards, Dion Phaneuf, and goaltender Cam Ward.

A few Leafs also played their way on to the list with their strong starts (Lindros, Allison and McCabe) as well as Ottawa’s Jason Spezza and Nashville’s Paul Kariya…none of whom were invited to the team Canada summer camp.

More notables that made the cut:

Joe Nieuwendyk

Mark Recchi

Brendan Shanahan

Todd Bertuzzi

Dany Heatley

Rick Nash

Alex Tanguay

Ed Belfour

Curtis Joseph

Roberto Luongo

Daniel Briere

Some notables left off the list:

Dwayne Roloson

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Manny Legace

Mike Fisher


162 Responses to Crosby on Team Canada's long Olympic list

  1. quick_stick says:

    who wouldn’t want Crosby???

  2. LeafsJaysRapsBillsManU says:

    Actually, Ribeiro will be at the Olympics…Summer Olympics, though, as Canada’s star female diver.

  3. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Hey Janetty, You’ve been pretty quiet since the oilers went into a funk. Not so *****y anymore?

  4. rojoke says:

    When you hear stories that the selection committee – not just Gretzky – initially wanted to name every NHL player eligible to play for Canada on that list, the fact that a couple of unexpected (if that’s possible) players ended up there means nothing. It’s just a way of ensuring that all bases are covered. It may also be a way of motivating certain players who could be considered on the bubble, as well as identifying players for the World Cup and the Vancouver games down the road.

  5. hockeyhead says:

    bergeron? murray? come on..they are above average.

  6. distance7 says:

    Aucoin has been injured. He played the first game and part of 2 others.

  7. chanman says:


    Yo oils fan, come back to planet earth. These dudes have no business there. great players, no doub, but this is a list of the best.

  8. habs79 says:

    He won’t produce anywhere near Spezza’s numbers, he has barely shown any flashes of the old Bertuzzi. As for being good on the penalty kill, Canada has alot better choices than a guy from Vancouver’s 27th ranked unit, who right now seems to not even be a shadow of his former self.

  9. habs79 says:

    Three, but that really doesn’t matter. Theo has the only real chance to be the guy sitting in the stands in the sharp looking suit, some people call that the third string goalie. The way he is playing right now I probably wouldn’t pick him. The Habs will be playing on other teams:



    Bulis-Czech Republic

    Bonk-Czech Republic



    Huet-France (not that he will play as I’m not even sure France qualified)

    Kostitsyn-Belarus (not a lock but has a slight chance)

    Komisarek-USA (as well as he is playing should at least make their short list)

  10. habs_punk says:

    First off, I do have Redden in there. Blake has not been playing well at all, almost like he’s over the hill, he better start producing more if he wants to make this team. Bouwmeester is one of the best skating defensemen in the league. He’ll be a huge asset on the bigger ice surface. Madden is iffy, I agree, but he is possibly the best defensive forward that Canada has. If I were choosing this team, Spezza would be a lock. If Bertuzzi can show that he’s still as good as he once was, then take a different player of the list. In a short tournament, finding players that have chemistry together is going to be tough. That’s why it’s imperative that Heatley and Spezza are there on the same line. Thornton and Doan also showed some good chemistry playing for Canada in the past, so I’d say that they’ve got to be locks as well.

  11. G_Money says:

    Looking at that list of 81, I would say you need to be a little better than “above average.”

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