Canada's Men's Olympic Team invites 34 players to Orientation Session in September
July 24, 2001

CALGARY, AB -Wayne Gretzky, Team Canada's 2002 Olympic Team Executive Director along with CHA President Bob Nicholson and the rest of Team Canada's management and coaching staff, announced Tuesday, a list of 34 Canadian National Hockey League players that have been invited to attend an orientation session in Calgary, AB in September.

The orientation session will be held September 4-7 at the CHA's head office in Calgary, Alberta at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena, with September 4 and 7th being travel days.

The orientation session will consist of providing the players with detailed information regarding the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, including a review of: Olympic preparations, tournament schedule and format, travel and lodging, doping policies, game tickets, coaching philosophies and apparel and equipment fitting

Optional ice time will be available on a daily basis for the players throughout the orientation session. " Our management and coaching staff feels that it is very important to have our players get together prior to the start of the NHL season," said Wayne Gretzky. "We have a list of over 40 players who we are looking at for our team, but we felt that 34 players is a workable number for this session. There are a number of other players in contention for our team, and we will be looking at our whole list of players over the first three months of the season prior to making any final decisions."

All orientation session activities will be closed to the public, with media access to players available on a daily basis. The full orientation session schedule is not yet finalized, and will be available within the next two weeks.

Player Pos S/ C Ht Wt Birthdate Birthplace 2000-01 Club
Joueur Pos L/C T P Naissance Lieu de naissance Équipe 2000-2001
Ed Belfour G L/G 5' 11" 192 04/21/65 Carman, MB Dallas Stars
Martin Brodeur G L/G 6' 2" 205 05/06/72 Montreal, QC New Jersey Devils
Curtis Joseph G L/G 5' 11" 190 04/29/67 Keswick, ON Toronto Maple Leafs
Patrick Roy G L/G 6' 2" 185 10/05/65 Quebec City, QC Colorado Avalanche
*Rob Blake D R/D 6' 4" 227 12/10/69 Simcoe, ON Colorado Avalanche
Eric Brewer D L/G 6' 3" 220 04/17/79 Vernon, BC Edmonton Oilers
Eric Desjardins D R/D 6' 1" 200 06/14/69 Rouyn, QC Philadelphia Flyers
Adam Foote D R/D 6' 2" 215 07/10/71 Toronto, ON Colorado Avalanche
Ed Jovanovski D L/G 6' 2" 210 06/26/76 Windsor, ON Vancouver Canucks
Al MacInnis D R/D 6' 2" 209 07/11/63 Inverness, NS St. Louis Blues
Richard Matvichuk D L/G 6' 2" 215 02/05/73 Edmonton, AB Dallas Stars
Derek Morris D R/D 5' 11" 200 08/24/78 Edmonton, AB Calgary Flames
*Scott Niedermayer D L/G 6' 1" 200 08/31/73 Edmonton, AB New Jersey Devils
*Chris Pronger D L/G 6' 6" 220 10/10/74 Dryden, ON St. Louis Blues
Wade Redden D L/G 6' 2" 205 06/12/77 Lloydminster, SK Ottawa Senators
Scott Stevens D L/G 6' 2" 215 04/01/64 Kitchener, ON New Jersey Devils
Jason Arnott F/A R/D 6' 4" 225 10/11/74 Collingwood, ON New Jersey Devils
Anson Carter F/A R/D 6' 1" 200 06/06/74 Toronto, ON Edmonton Oilers
Theoren Fleury F/A R/D 5' 6" 180 06/29/68 Oxbow, SK New York Rangers
Simon Gagné F/A L/G 6' 0" 185 02/29/80 Ste-Foy, QC Philadelphia Flyers
*Paul Kariya F/A L/G 5' 10" 172 10/16/74 Vancouver, BC Anaheim Mighty Ducks
*Mario Lemieux F/A R/D 6' 4" 225 10/05/65 Montreal, QC Pittsburgh Penguins
Eric Lindros F/A R/D 6' 4" 236 02/28/73 London, ON n/a
Brenden Morrow F/A L/G 5' 11" 210 01/16/79 Carlyle, SK Dallas Stars
Joe Nieuwendyk F/A L/G 6' 1" 205 09/10/66 Oshawa, ON Dallas Stars
*Owen Nolan F/A R/D 6' 1" 210 02/12/72 Belfast, IRE San Jose Sharks
Michael Peca F/A R/D 6' 0" 190 03/26/74 Toronto, ON n/a
Keith Primeau F/A L/G 6' 5" 220 11/24/71 Toronto, ON Philadelphia Flyers
Mark Recchi F/A L/G 5' 10" 182 02/01/68 Kamloops, BC Philadelphia Flyers
*Joe Sakic F/A L/G 5' 11" 185 07/07/69 Burnaby, BC Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Smyth F/A L/G 6' 1" 195 02/21/76 Banff, AB Edmonton Oilers
Alex Tanguay F/A L/G 6' 0" 190 11/21/79 Ste-Justine, QC Colorado Avalanche
Pierre Turgeon F/A L/G 6' 1" 194 09/29/69 Rouyn, QC St. Louis Blues
*Steve Yzerman F/A R/D 5' 11" 185 05/09/65 Cranbrook, BC Detroit Red Wings
* denotes players who were officially named to Canada's 2002 Olympic Team on March 23, 2001
* indique les joueurs qui ont été officiellement nommés à l'Équipe olympique 2002 du Canada le 23 mars, 2001
President, CHA/Président, ACH: Bob Nicholson CHA/ACH
Executive Director/Directeur exécutif: Wayne Gretzky Phoenix Coyotes
Assistant Executive Director/Dir. exécutif adjoint: Kevin Lowe Edmonton Oilers
Dir., Player Personnel/Dir., Personnel de joueurs: Steve Tambellini Vancouver Canucks
Head Coach/Entraîneur-chef: Pat Quinn Toronto Maple Leafs
Assistant Coach/Entraîneur adjoint: Wayne Fleming CHA/ACH
Assistant Coach/Entraîneur adjoint: Ken Hitchcock Dallas Stars
Assistant Coach/Entraîneur adjoint: Jacques Martin Ottawa Senators
Video Coach/Entraîneur vidéo : Mike Pelino CHA/ACH
Equipment Manager/Gérant d'équipement : Pierre Gervais Montreal Canadiens
Equipment Manager/Gérant d'équipement : Barrie Stafford Edmonton Oilers
Team Doctor: Dr. Jim Thorne CHA/ACH
Athletic Therapist/Thérapeute athlétique : Ken Lowe Edmonton Oilers
Athletic Therapist/Thérapeute athlétique : Jim Ramsay New York Rangers
Dir., Media Relations/Dir., relations médias: Brad Pascall CHA/ACH
Manager, Media Relations/Gérant, relations médias: Bill Tuele Edmonton Oilers
Manager, Media Relations/Gérant, relations médias: Andre Brin CHA/ACH
Team Leader/Chef d'équipe: Denis Hainault CHA/ACH
Masseuse/Masseur: Stewart Poirier Edmonton Oilers

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Hockey Canada
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Hockey Canada
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Hockey Canada


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Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
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