Turco OK being third man in

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Martin Brodeur is arguably the game's best goaltender and Team Canada's starter.

The fact Roberto Luongo 'tended Canada to back-to-back world championship titles makes him the likely backup.

Which leaves Marty Turco knowing where he sits on the depth chart.

But don't expect one complaint from the Dallas Stars netminder.

"Third guy on Team Canada, that's an honour," Turco said. "I have no worries about my role, what I need to do or anything like that. If all they need from me is to practise hard, pump the guys up and lead the best I can off the ice, I can do that. It'll certainly be a great experience."

Amazing to think Turco has to take a back seat to anybody. The 1.72 goals-against average he posted in the 2002-03 season was the best mark in NHL history since the Second World War -- a short-lived mark broken by Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff in 2003-04.

Yet, he's happy to check his ego.

"My whole thinking is work as hard as possible, stop pucks and get better. My job is to get ready to play and be as good as I can be," he said.

"I have absolutely zero qualms about it and don't have a problem if I don't get a chance to play."

It's a refreshing attitude because, in the past, not every player has been so willing to put the team's welfare ahead of his personal goals.

"I would assume everybody would," he said. "A chance to play for your country is a special thing.

"It was my dream when I was younger."


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