If this weren’t an Olympic year, and the subject weren’t hockey and the pressures for Canadian players to earn a spot on Team Canada, Jarome Iginla would sound downright paranoid.
“Maybe they’re not watching that much tonight, but they have tape,” said Iginla.
But of course it is the animated subject of representing Canada in Canada at the Winter Olympics, and players can’t help but feel under the microscope. And even if they don’t want to think about it, sometimes they just can’t help themselves.
“It’s exciting to think about the possibility and that it’s coming very quickly,” says the captain of the Calgary Flames, whose two goals sunk the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. “Guys go to dinner, we talk about certain teams, and who we think might make it from different teams.”
Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman and his braintrust are meeting regularly, attending games, reviewing tape while continually updating who should be — and shouldn’t be — on the roster when it’s announced Dec. 31. Iginla says that always lurks at the back of players’ minds.
“I know everybody has a different team they would pick,” said Iginla.
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