Mike Smith vaults into Team Canada consideration

Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is in the mix to be considered one of the three netminders for the...

Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is in the mix to be considered one of the three netminders for the Olympic Games. (Pierre-Paul Poulin/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith has played himself into the conversation when it comes to the three goaltenders who will represent Canada at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in February.

That’s tough to do against the likes of Carey Price of Montreal and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks who are regarded as the frontrunners. A strong group of contenders, headlined by Smith and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks, lead the second-tier pack.

Even on the home front, Smith’s in tough when it comes to Olympic conversation.

His wife, Brigitte Acton, competed twice at the Olympics for Canada in alpine skiing, in 2006 in Turin (10th in the combined) and on home turf in Vancouver in 2010 (17th in the slalom).

As well, his mother-in-law, Diane Pratte-Acton, skied for Canada at the Sapporo Olympics in 1972.


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