Five Leafs on Olympics list

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

No less than five Maple Leafs have caught the eye of Hockey Canada.

Goalie Ed Belfour, defenceman Bryan McCabe and forwards Jason Allison, Eric Lindros and Jeff O'Neill are on the 81-player list Hockey Canada will submit to the IIHF and IOC.

The list includes nine goalies, 23 defencemen and 49 forwards. Former Leaf Joe Nieuwendyk, now with the Florida Panthers, also is on the list.

From the list of 81, 23 players will be named to the final roster for the Turin Olympics in February by the deadline of Dec. 22.

Lindros, who has been the Leafs' best forward this season, has played in three Olympics. Belfour was Canada's spare netminder for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

TIE ONE ON

There was a close call for winger Tie Domi yesterday at practice, courtesy of Bryan McCabe.

"I almost got a puck in the face," Domi said. "That's Caber's passing in practices, just like in a game. He passes those grenades."

Domi has been teasing coach Pat Quinn about his two black eyes, suffered in different incidents behind the bench.

"I told Pat I want to be him for Halloween," Domi said. "I almost got hit and I told Pat I should stop teasing him."

KEEP AN EYE ON STAAl

Leafs sophomore Matt Stajan used to face Carolina Hurricanes youngster Eric Staal plenty of times when Stajan was with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL and Staal was with the Peterborough Petes. Staal leads Carolina in scoring.

"He is a great player, and look at what he is doing this year," Stajan said. "He has some skill and he is going to be an NHLer for a long time."

WOZ SENT DOWN

The Leafs yesterday demoted defenceman Andy Wozniewski to the Toronto Marlies and it is probable Wozniewski will stay there so he can play for the Marlies tomorrow night against the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs.

Wozniewski has played in one game for the Leafs.

"I really still believe the right answer is they have to play," Quinn said. "You can learn some by being around and practising, but you don't get the game experiences."


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