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Star-studded cast for Olys
No surprises on Canada's hockey roster
By CP

 

TORONTO -- A list of 36 players invited to a training camp for Canada's men's Olympic hockey team is to be announced today and the list is packed with stars, according to a report.

Veteran superstars Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman were on the list that sources told Rogers Sportsnet will be invited to camp Aug. 17-20 in Kelowna, B.C.

OFFICIAL WORD

The final roster will depend on whether NHLers take part in the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. It is believed they will, but the official word has been delayed by the NHL's ongoing labour dispute.

The Sportsnet list includes a blend of players that won gold at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, as well as the team that won silver at the IIHF World Championship in Austria last month.

The list includes young winger Rick Nash, the goal-scoring leader at the world championship, along with linemates Joe Thornton and Simon Gagne.

Brendan Morrison, who centred the second line in Austria, was also on the list, but it did not include world championship skaters Scott Walker, Mike Fisher, Brenden Morrow and Sheldon Souray.

Sportsnet has four goaltenders -- Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Jose Theodore and Marty Turco. No surprises there.

The 12 defencemen included Dan Boyle and Chris Phillips, who played in Austria, along with stalwarts like Adam Foote, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Rob Blake.

Other defenders were Wade Redden, Ed Jovanovsky, Robyn Regehr, Eric Brewer, Scott Hannan and Jay Bouwmeester.

Tampa Bay Lightning stars Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis as well as Calgary Flames sniper Jarome Iginla, who all missed the world championship, are among the 20 forwards on the Sportsnet list.

Checking centre Michael Peca, big centre Keith Primeau and Colorado winger Alex Tanguay look to be back in the mix as well.

Other forwards were Dany Heatley, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Shane Doan, Ryan Smyth and Patrick Marleau.