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Eric Staal happy Canada won gold, disappointed to not be part of it

Feb 23, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT

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Canada winning the gold medal for the second straight Olympics was a proud moment for all Canadians. For Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, it was a bittersweet sight.

Staal was a member of the 2010 team in Vancouver and missed the cut for the 2014 team. As he tells Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer, he’s bummed out he couldn’t be in Sochi to be part of the fun.

“I think any player in my position, there’s going to be disappointment you’re not part of that team,” Staal said. “But I think the way they played as a group, as a team, they made the right choices because they got the job done. For me, disappointing you’re not part of that group, but at the same time I know all those guys.”

Staal, 29, says if the pros head to Korea in 2018 he wants to be part of that team. After presumably just missing out this time around, he’ll stand a chance of getting back there then. At least he still has “Had great chemistry with Sidney Crosby in 2010″ on his résumé.

  1. nobandwagoners - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I hope he gets his shot, which will also mean that the NHL players will be in the next Winter Olympics. It’s the marque event still and I think it means a lot to the players to win an Olympic medal for themselves and their respective countries. A “World Cup” or the like could be a replacement event but, IMO, still falls short of the allure of the Olympics with all the Olympics entails.

  2. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Staal could have been. There’s so many guys who could have though but weren’t picked or were injured. Canada could probably send a 2nd team with all the guys couldn’t go this year… and it would be a medal threat too.

    Pick 13 forwards from Stamkos, Giroux, Thornton, Couture, Eric and Jordan Staal, Mike and Brad Richards, Seguin, Hall, Eberle, Dupuis, Neal, Iginla, Spezza, Ladd, Doan, Lupul, Kadri, O’Reilly, McKinnon, E.Kane, Marchand, Lucic…
    Pick 7 dmen from Boyle, Letang, Seabrook, Phaneuf, Garrison, Giordano, Bieksa, M.Staal, Girardi, Campbell…
    And 3 goalies out of Brodeur, Fleury, Bernier, Holtby, Crawford, Harding, Elliott

    .. you still get a pretty dang good team.

    • pfhockey - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Canada could have their own pool (4 teams).
      – American

  3. deeboy - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    As a Canes fan, I am glad he was not selected. Sure it is great recognition, but after watching him this year, I still don’t think he’s 100% from that knee-on-knee Edler gave him in the World Championships. He’s started to get close recently and the 2.5 weeks off can only help.

    And, Canada’s team performance in the Olympics was awesome. Price could have taken shots of vodka back there and still pitched shutouts, with the lack of good scoring chances the opponents were getting (or not getting). The best team won.

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