Todd Bertuzzi dyed a streak of his hair red for Christmas, but now it matches his Team Canada jersey.
A few hours before he went on home ice last night to face the Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks winger learned he officially had been selected for the Olympics. Executive director Wayne Gretzky had made it clear from the start of the summer that only a disastrous start to the regular season would hurt Bertuzzi's chances and not any of his past actions.
"Knowing they believed in me and that the so-called bags that I carry wasn't going to interfere with this team, it was something I was excited to hear," Bertuzzi told the Canadian Press. "I'm looking forward to moving on."
One fine blue line
After a season-long battle to get his Maple Leafs defence to play with cohesion, Pat Quinn now is in charge of a Team Canada blue line bursting with Norris Trophy winners and all-stars.
"We have mobility, ability on the power play and good penalty killers," Quinn said. "We've got guys who log a lot of time and guys who can play physical. We've got guys who can carry the puck, and we have leaders.
"In our minds, it might be among the best defence Canada has taken into any international tournament. It has assets in all sorts of areas. We just hope that the coaches don't mess it up."