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