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Jordan Staal on Olympic snub


Penguins C JORDAN STAAL on not being selected Wednesday morning by Hockey Canada to the Canadian men’s ice hockey roster for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics:

Q: Given the way you’ve played this season, how much did you allow yourself to believe you’d make the team?

A: I don’t know. I thought I’d had a good season. I wouldn’t say I had the best shot out there. There was a lot of players. That’s how it goes.

Q: What did you think that chance was?

A: I don’t know what the percentage was exactly. It was there. I didn’t say I should be on the team or anything like that, but there was definitely a moment I thought I could make it.

Q: Will you watch the Olympics?
A: No question I will. Again, there’s a lot of great players on that team that deserve to be there. I have plenty of years ahead of me I guess.

Q: They’ve bypassed some great young players before; does that make this any easier?
A: That’s true, but you still want Canada to win even if you’re not on the team. They should be good.




Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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