To play for Team Canada in any event is a huge honor if you talk to anyone who grew up playing hockey in Canada.
To play for Team Canada when you have a good chance to win gold on your home soil? Well, that is off-the-charts a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Team Canada will name it preliminary roster for the 2010 Olympics at 11 a.m. Wednesday and the country is atwitter. Quite honestly, there is little I can compare to it. The entire country will debate who should or shouldn't go and whether or not the selection committee led by Steve Yzerman did a good job.
The four candidates from the Stars are Brad Richards, Brenden Morrow, James Neal and Stephane Robidas.
I believe Richards is a great candidate, but he does too many of the same things that Sidney Crosby and Joe Thornton do. That could leave him on the outside while the committee looks for grittier third and fourth line centers.
I believe Brenden Morrow and James Neal are great candidates, but you wonder if they have enough to push themselves into the mix. Neal is second in scoring among left wingers, but is only 22. Morrow receives a lot of respect, but has not been dynamic in the first part of the season and is coming off of knee surgery.
Robidas deserves to be there, but I'm just not sure he can make the top seven on defense.
The Stars could get shut out, but I think Morrow has a pretty good chance.
He powered Mike Ribeiro off the puck in the defensive zone, then won a couple of more puck battles on his way up ice, before Jonathan Toews was able to pop a puck in past Marty Turco with 3.5 seconds left in the second period.