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2002 Winter Olympic Coverage

Eddie's Olympic Dream...

TEAM CANADA WINS GOLD!

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"Being selected was a big honor and a dream come true. I've been thinking about it since the last Olympics ended. It will be great to get a chance to represent my country. I'm looking forward to it." -Eddie

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"I've been asked a lot about the Olympics and the selection. It is really pretty simple. I'm proud to be on the team and I'll do whatever it takes to help the team. My goal is to win a gold medal. When they announced the team it was an emotional thing for me. It was a dream come true. To play in the Olympics is something I've always wanted to do. Right now I am the third goalie. My job is to be ready in case the team needs me. If they do, I'll be ready."

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Eddie's special edition Olympic mask!

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CANADA’S MEN’S OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM ROSTER ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON - Wayne Gretzky, Executive Director of Canada’s 2002 Men’s Olympic Hockey team, announced on Saturday the roster that will compete for Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT.

Gretzky, along with Assistant Executive Director Kevin Lowe, Head Coach Pat Quinn and the Canadian management and coaching staff announced 15 players on Saturday, which is in addition to the original eight players that Canada named on March 23rd, 2001.

The breakdown of the fifteen players named on Saturday was three goaltenders, four defensemen and eight forwards. The players named to Canada’s 2002 Men’s Olympic hockey team on Saturday were:

Goaltenders: Ed Belfour (Carman, MB), Martin Brodeur (Montreal, QC), Curtis Joseph (Keswick, ON)

Defensemen: Eric Brewer (Vernon, BC), Adam Foote (Toronto, ON), Ed Jovanovski (Windsor, ON), Al MacInnis (Inverness, NS)

Forwards: Theoren Fleury (Russell, MB), Simon Gagne (Ste-Foy, QC), Jarome Iginla (Edmonton, AB), Eric Lindros (Toronto, ON), Joe Nieuwendyk (Oshawa, ON), Michael Peca (Toronto, ON), Brendan Shanahan (Mimico, ON) and Ryan Smyth (Banff, AB)

The eight players announced on March 23, 2001 by Gretzky were:
Defensemen: Rob Blake (Simcoe, ON), Scott Niedermayer (Cranbrook, BC); forwards: Paul Kariya (Vancouver, BC), Mario Lemieux (Montreal, QC), Owen Nolan (Thorold, ON), Joe Sakic (Burnaby, BC) and Steve Yzerman (Nepean, ON)

"We are extremely excited and proud to name our roster of 23 players that will compete for Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, " said Wayne Gretzky, Executive Director of Team Canada. "We are very fortunate in Canada to have the opportunity to choose from a pool of many great Canadian players, which made the decisions a difficult process. We believe that the group of players we have selected represents one of Canada’s greatest international hockey teams, and we look forward to competing this February."

"We have assembled a team with a mix of experience, youth, speed and talent, " said Kevin Lowe, Assistant Executive Director of Team Canada. "The players we have named today for our team will represent Canada proudly."

Canada’s first game at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games will be February 15 vs. Sweden at the E-Center in Salt Lake City, UT.
Canada has won a gold medal in men’s ice hockey six times at the Olympic Games: 1920 Winnipeg Falcons, 1924 Toronto Granites, 1928 University of Toronto Graduates, 1932 The Winnipegs, 1948 Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers and the 1952 Edmonton Mercurys. Canada has also won four silver medals and two bronze medals at the Olympic Games in men’s ice hockey.

Final Team Canada 2002 Roster

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Canada did not get the results they wanted in the first game. Sweden dominated Team Canada in every aspect of the game. Cujo faced 25 shots and made 20 saves. Rob Blake scored the first goal for Canada (assisted by Peca and Fleury). Eric Brewer scored Canada's only other goal (assisted by Nolan). The final score was 5-2.

Canada got the much needed win over Germany, but it was not easy. Canada's only scoring came in the second period with Sakic (assisted by Gagne) leading the way. Kariya scored Canada's second goal (assisted by Nolan). Foote scored the game winning goal (assisted by Jovanovski and Nieuwendyk). Germany came back in the third period to score two goals. Brodeur faced 20 shots and made 18 saves. MAYBE EDDIE NEEDS TO STEP IN AND SHOW CUJO AND BRODEUR HOW IT IS DONE!

Team Canada played a solid game against the Czech Republic. In the first period, Lemieux scored Canada's first goal of the game (assisted by Niedermayer). In the second period Lemieux scored again to tie the game (assisted by Yzerman). With 3.5 minutes to go in the game, Nieuwendyk scored Canada's third goal to tie the game (assisted by Fleury). Brodeur faced 23 shots and made 20 saves. Another lackluster performance in goal. Mr. Gretzky and Mr. Quinn, maybe EDDIE should give it a try!

Team Canada won a close game against Finland (2-1).  Sakic had the only goal in the first period (assisted by Gagne).  In the second period, Yzerman scored the game winning goal (assisted by Lemieux).  Brodeur allowed one soft goal, but held on to make some great saves in the third.  Brodeur faced 19 shots and made 18 saves.

Team Canada advanced to the final game with a resounding victory over Belarus (7-1).  Yzerman started the scoring (assisted by Sakic and Blake).  Brewer scored Canada's second goal late in the first (assisted by Yzerman).  Neidermayer continued in the second period (assisted by Lemeiux and Kariya).  Kariya scored Canada's 4th goal in the second (assisted by Yzerman and Lemieux).  In the third period, Gagne (assisted by Peca), Lindros (assisted by Smyth and Nolan), and Iginla (assisted by Shanahan) all scored to give Canada the win.  Brodeur faced only 14 shots on goal and had 13 saves.

Team Canada beat Team USA for the gold medal!  Kariya started Canada's scoring in the first (assisted by Pronger and Lemieux).  Iginla put Canada ahead late in the first (assisted by Sakic and Gagne).  Sakic scored Canada's only goal in the second period, the game winner, (assisted by Jovanovski and Blake).  In the third period, Iginla (assisted by Yzerman and Sakic) and Sakic (assisted by Iginla) finished off the U.S.  Brodeur faced 33 shots and made 31 saves.

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