It's hammer time

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:58 PM ET


 If only Poland had a World Cup entry.

 Krzysztof Oliwa would have to be considered a lock to make that team.

 "Poland doesn't even know what the World Cup is," smiles Oliwa, who was happy to see teammates Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr named to Team Canada's roster last week.

 But while his high-profile teammates are surrounded by hordes of cameras and microphones, Oliwa is holding his own makeshift press conference in front of his dressing-room stall.

 A TV film crew has been following every move the 6-ft. 5-in., 240-pounder makes through the Western Conference final.

 "I haven't seen them before (this round)," Oliwa says. "They need to get some material for their TV. It's nice to see fellas from your own country."

 Oliwa was a healthy scratch for last night's series-clinching Game 6 at the Saddledome.

 In Poland, hockey isn't followed with the same kind of passion it is in Canada.

 But having one of their own still playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs is big news.

 "Poland's not a very big country as far as sports goes," Oliwa says.

 "Soccer's big.

 "It's nice to know we have a few guys playing over here, though."

 Perhaps the Flames enforcer will be responsible for converting an entire country into Flames fans.

 "Hockey's not the main priority over there but it's an exciting game, an exciting time and everyone wants to be a part of it," said Oliwa, whose nickname is the Polish Hammer.

 "I think everyone is (behind the Flames), especially in Canada.

 "We don't control who's supporting us, who likes us and who doesn't.

 "But we control our own destiny. We just have to bear down."


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