Canada's men's hockey brass rich with roster options

Steve Yzerman and Co. will be in Calgary this weekend to meet with nearly 50 men's hockey camp...

Steve Yzerman and Co. will be in Calgary this weekend to meet with nearly 50 men's hockey camp invitees. NICOLE SANTERRE/SPECIAL TO THE CALGARY SUN

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:59 PM ET

At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the pressure was on Team Canada to win at home.

Heading into the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, the pressure will be to win on unfriendly ice — both in terms of location and size.

Plus there’s that pressure of defending that gold medal won in Vancouver.

“It’s just there — I don’t worry about (the pressure),” Olympic men’s hockey team executive director Steve Yzerman said Saturday while en route to Calgary for the orientation camp which opens Sunday. “The goal is to try and win, but every country is trying to win. I think everyone involved understands how difficult this is. It’s not a matter of just showing up and winning. The other countries are all very, very good.

“Anybody can win the tournament. One hot goaltending performance or one inopportune call, and you could be out of the tournament.

“I think it’s an exciting challenge for everyone involved.”


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