Mario eyeing worlds

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Hoisting that hideous World Cup trophy five months ago obviously wasn't satisfying enough for several Team Canada players.

Instead, many seem to have their eyes set on winning gold medals at the coming world hockey championship.

With Martin Brodeur and Kris Draper already having stated their desire to represent Canada at the worlds, Mario Lemieux also is kicking around the idea of winging his way to Austria for the tournament, which begins April 30.

'GREAT TOURNAMENT'

The Magnificent One told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he would consider lacing up for Canada in the event the NHL season is cancelled.

"You're going to have the best players. It's going to be a great tournament," Lemieux said when asked what the competition would be like at the worlds under that scenario.

Lemieux, Brodeur and Draper were all part of the Canadian team that defeated Finland in the World Cup final at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 15.

But this time, insurance could be a stumbling block. A player's premium could range from $10,000-$100,000 US for the three-week tournament.

Meanwhile, the NHLPA recently said it had no issues with locked-out players participating in the worlds.


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