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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Team Canada submits 'potentials' list for Olympics

Associated Press

TORONTO -- Pittsburgh Penguins top draft pick Sidney Crosby and fellow rookies Jeff Carter, Michael Richards, Dion Phaneuf and Cam Ward are among the 81 potential players for Canada's men's hockey team at the Turin Olympics in February.

The list, released by Hockey Canada on Tuesday, includes nine goaltenders, 23 defensemen and 49 forwards.

"As a country, we are very lucky to have such a wealth of talented players to select from," Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky said in a statement. "As a management and coaching staff, the task of reducing this list to 23 players will be challenging as we strive to defend Olympic Gold in Turin. ... It was [a] question of eliminating as much controversy as we can."

A player has to be on the preliminary list to be eligible for the 23-man roster for the Olympics. The final roster must be submitted before Dec. 22.

Players on the preliminary list also become subject to random dope testing, like any other Olympic hopeful.

Forwards Jason Spezza, Eric Lindros, Paul Kariya and defenseman Bryan McCabe are among the players also named who weren't among the 37 players invited to Team Canada's summer camp, but have had strong starts this season.

"There's so much depth in our country, that's a positive. ... The question now is from those 81 players, putting the right 23 together that will be successful," Gretzky said.

Team Canada -- Potential Olympians (81 players)
Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Jason Allison
Jason Arnott
Patrice Bergeron
Todd Bertuzzi
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Daniel Briere
Jeff Carter
Marc Chouinard
Sidney Crosby
Shane Doan
Kris Draper
Simon Gagne
Dany Heatley
Shawn Horcoff
Jarome Iginla
Paul Kariya
Vincent Lecavalier
Mario Lemieux
Eric Lindros
Joffrey Lupul
John Madden
Kirk Maltby
Patrick Marleau
Brendan Morrison
Brenden Morrow
Glen Murray
Rick Nash
Rob Niedermayer
Joe Nieuwendyk
Jeff O'Neill
Michael Peca
Keith Primeau
Mark Recchi
Brad Richards
Michael Richards
Michael Ryder
Joe Sakic
Marc Savard
Brendan Shanahan
Ryan Smyth
Jason Spezza
Eric Staal
Martin St. Louis
Steve Sullivan
Alex Tanguay
Joe Thornton
Scott Walker
Wes Walz
Steve Yzerman
Adrian Aucoin
Rob Blake
Jay Bouwmeester
Dan Boyle
Nick Boynton
Eric Brewer
Eric Desjardins
Adam Foote
Scott Hannan
Barret Jackman
Ed Jovanovski
Bryan McCabe
Kyle McLaren
Derek Morris
Scott Niedermayer
Dion Phaneuf
Chris Phillips
Chris Pronger
Wade Redden
Robyn Regehr
Sheldon Souray
Steve Staios
Brad Stuart
Ed Belfour
Martin Brodeur
Dan Cloutier
Curtis Joseph
Roberto Luongo
Andrew Raycroft
Jose Theodore
Marty Turco
Cam Ward