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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 has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

Comments

  1. Bobby says:

    If Jordan Staal is from any other country, he is playing in the Olympics. His biggest problem is being from Canada. That team is always loaded. I personally think Russia will skate away with the Gold with Canada a close second.

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