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Canada capitalizing on depth of talent

Updated: April 29, 2005, 8:01 PM ET
By George Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

CALGARY – The changing of the guard doesn't occur only at Buckingham Palace.

The World Hockey Championship is closing in, and a quick check of Canada's roster finds a slew of marquee names conspicuous by their absence.

No Steve Yzerman, for instance. No Joe Sakic, either. No Mario Lemieux. No Chris Pronger. No Jarome Iginla.

No Brendan Shanahan. No Joe Nieuwendyk. No Eric Lindros.

Hockey royalty, all.

Some of those famous names declined invitations due to conditioning ...

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