Jarome Iginla was the lone Calgary Flames player named to Canada's Olympic Winter Games team Wednesday.
Defencemen Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr were left off the 23-man roster unveiled.
“I’m definitely very disappointed. It would have been a great honour to be picked to that team. With saying that, now you move forward. My focus right now, first and foremost, is with the Calgary Flames and playing the Los Angeles Kings tonight,” said Phaneuf, adding he hadn’t heard whether they want him in case of injury.
“I haven’t heard anything. I found out the same way you guys did, watching TV.”
“I’m focussed on our team here, doing whatever it takes to win hockey games. We have to start winning some games, getting some points and moving up in the standings.”
Bouwmeester called the news disappointing.
“But there’s lots of guys in that situation. You’d like to be there, but the reality is there were a lot of guys they had to pick from. It’s just the way it is,” he said.
Last time it was an injury replacement.
“You don’t wish anything bad to happen to anybody, but there could be injuries, stuff like that. It doesn’t change how you go out and play. We have a job to do here in Calgary and that’s the main focus.”
But as far as disappointments go, the latest news ranks quite high, said Bouwmeester.
“You go through a lot of disappointments. I’ve never played in the playoffs, and that’s disappointing every year. The magnitude of this because it’s in Canada makes it disappointing, but the team they put together will do well and you wish everyone well.”
Bouwmeester acknowledged Team Canada brass probably did the best they could and his play probably influenced their decision.“You can understand the reasoning. We’ve been struggling as a team and, offensively, I’ve been struggling a bit lately. You go through those ups and downs," he said.
"Maybe it’s a bad time, but that’s the way it is. There’s only room for improvement.”
Robyn Regehr left without speaking to the media.
Iginla’s inclusion was expected, but the fact not one Flames defenceman was included is something of a surprise. Bouwmeester and Regehr were both part of the 2006 team eliminated in the quarter-finals, as was Iginla.
Iginla was part of the gold-medal winning team in 2002.
“I’m very excited. It’s a big honour. I know they had a lot of tough decisions and a lot of great players didn’t make it. I’m really looking forward to representing Canada again in Canada,” said Iginla.
But the Flames captain said he felt bad for many of the capable Flames defenders who were left off the team.
“I feel for our d-men that are very capable. I get to see them every day and see how good they are and know they could have been there, too. I know there’d be some disappointment on that.
“Some great players were on the outside looking in, and they’re some of them.”
despite the fact many of his boys didn't make the cut, Flames coach Brent Sutter saud those who wear the Flaming C and who won't be going to Vancouver are still elite, top shelf atheletes.
“It’s disappointing for them. The guys on our team that didn’t get named today, they are still top-end players," he said.
I’m sure they are disappointed and rightly so. You move on. Like I told them before, whether they were named to the team or not I was proud of them. They are elite athletes in their profession. Their play has proven that.
“They are difficult decisions and (Team Canada brass) made them, and unfortunately we have three defenceman who didn’t make the team at this point in time. Something could change. Those are still valuable players to us. They are good player for the Calgary Flames.”
Dan Boyle (San Jose), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim), Chris Pronger (Philadelphia), Brent Seabrook (Chicago), and Shea Weber (Nashville) were the seven defencemen named.
Niedermayer was named captain.
Iginla, Sidney Crosby and Pronger alternate captains.
To was no surprise that Martin Brodeur (New Jersey), Roberto Luongo (Vancouver) and Marc-Andre Fluery (Pittsburgh) are the three goalies.
Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and centre Olli Jokinen were named to Finland’s Olympic team.
Jokinen said he was glad to have made the team but felt saddened by the exclusion of so many of his team mates.
“You feel for those guys. I should be happy I was picked but it’s a big disappointment for me and the rest of our team. We feel like we let those guys down," he said.
"In the last three weeks, the way we played as a team, maybe those three defenceman could be on Team Canada. As a teammate, you feel like you let teammates down. We didn’t play as we’re capable of playing and it’s disappointing."
Kiprusoff recently said he’d only go if he was the No.-1 goalie. The other netminders named are Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay’s Antero Nittymaki.