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Marc-Andre Fleury on Olympic invite

Penguins G MARC-ANDRE FLEURY on his selection Wednesday morning by Hockey Canada to the Canadian men’s ice hockey roster for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics:

Q: One year ago was playing for Canada at the Olympics on your mind?
A: I wasn’t really thinking about it — not at all, actually. It’s always been a dream. As a hockey player you want to get that Stanley Cup, and to play for a gold medal. It’s awesome.

Q: Did you check your phone expecting a call?

A: Yeah, just this morning. Sid (Crosby) checked his phone, and he had a voice mail. I ran in to check it out and I had a nice voice mail.

Q: Did you talk to Steve (Yzerman)?

A: Uh, Mr. (Kevin) Lowe. He said congrats.

Q: You were rumored to be on the team. How does it feel to actually be on it?

A: Pretty cool. Maybe we will all realize it more once we get there, but it’s great news.

Q: Do you think the playoffs last year sealed the deal for you?
A: Maybe not sealed the deal, but it helped. I got a little more exposure. We got a big win. I’m sure it helped a lot.

Q: What do you think it will be like to be teammates with (Martin) Brodeur and (Roberto) Luongo?

A: Pretty cool. They’re two amazing goalies, guys I look up to and love to watch play. It will be a pretty amazing chance to play with them.

Q: Who do you want to prank on the Olympic team?

A: (laughs) I don’t know. Maybe Sid. He’s my go-to-guy for that, I guess.

Q: How much do you need to play to feel satisfied?

A: Whatever they need, I’ll be there. No plans. I’ll go and whatever they tell me to do, I’ll do it.

Q: What pressure do you expect?
A: It’s a big deal. It’s the Olympics. It’s not only hockey. You want to do (well) for your country. You want to get that gold medal, especially since it’s in Canada. It should be fun.

Q: Will this be your first international competition since that gold medal game at the World Junior Championships (in 2003)? Obviously that is not a very pleasant memory.

A: Yeah, I’ve been reminded of that many times. This is a chance for some better memories.

Q: What will it be like to wear the country on your sweater?

A: You want to do well for your teammates, but also for the people that watch at home, that play at home and count on you to do well for the country.

Q: Have you called anybody yet?
A: No. I haven’t had time.

Q: Who will get that first call?

A: Probably my dad. He’s been great to me, encouraging to me. He’ll get that first one.

Q: Where does getting this call rate among your other achievements?

A: It’s got to be up there. It’s such great news. There’s been (being the No. 1 overall pick in 2003) and the Cup, but this is a little bit different.

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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