Bragging rights will be on the line during Thursday night's Red-White scrimmage at the Pengrowth
Saddledome which will mark the end of Team Canada's four-day orientation camp.
they won't necessarily be going out full bore physical, but they'll be competitive out there,” said Calgary
Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who will suit up for Team White. “Nobody wants to get beat. You want your line
to do well, you want to do well and have a good showing. It's just a natural competitiveness.”
Defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, who signed with the Flames in the off-season, will also play for Team White,
while fellow Calgary blue-liners Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf will line up as members of Team Red.
“There's a lot of guys on the same team that are split up, so that makes it kind of interesting,”
Bouwmeester said. “Guys will have fun with it. It's not like a real game. When you get guys like this
together it's going to be good hockey.”
Veteran Team Canada defenceman Chris Pronger, an off-season acquisition of the Philadelphia Flyers, said
he'd definitely like to help Team Red beat Team White, which features his new captain Mike Richards in
addition to former Anaheim Ducks teammates Scott Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin.
“Scotty's on the other side, Beauch is over there so you can always hold bragging rights over somebody if
you win a game,” Pronger said.
POSSIBLE INSIDE TRACK?: Dan Cleary may have an inside track on earning a spot on Team
Canada seeing as how Mike Babcock will coach the squad.
Cleary has salvaged his career playing for the Detroit Red Wings under Babcock for the past four
“This is one of my more prouder moments, that's for sure,” said Cleary of being asked to attend the
National Men’s Team orientation camp. “I'm pretty happy to kind of turn myself around in my career and to get
a chance to come here is great.”
Cleary also has an advantage in that he's familiar with all the drills Babcock has been running this week
“This is exactly how we play and I know it very well,” said the 30-year-old native of Carbonear, N.L.
“Hopefully it gives me a slight advantage.”
Babcock said Cleary isn't out of place among the best hockey talent that Canada has to offer.
“You just look at the playoffs and the amount of scoring he does and how he plays with and without the
puck, to me he's just a real smart hockey player and gets things done,” Babcock said.
HITCHCOCK HAPPY WITH ROLE: Ken Hitchcock doesn't feel like he's always a bridesmaid and
never the bride.
He served as an assistant coach on Canada's last two Olympic men's hockey teams, as well as the 2004 World
Cup team, yet Hitchcock didn't expect to inherit the role of head coach of the 2010 Olympic team that
ultimately went to Mike Babcock.
The 57-year-old from Edmonton pointed out during orientation camp this week that Babcock has coached
Detroit in the last two Stanley Cup finals and won one of them.
“I don't think you can be the head coach unless you've been in a recent winning program,” Hitchcock
explained. “I don't think it's fair. Really, the last time I was in a conference final was just before the
That was with Philadelphia, where he was behind the bench for just over three seasons before heading to
the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history this year.
Hitchcock will join Buffalo's Lindy Ruff and New Jersey's Jacques Lemaire as Babcock's support staff at
the Olympics in Vancouver. Ruff is in charge of the power play and Lemaire is overseeing the penalty
In addition to being in charge of pre-scouting and post-scouting the other teams, Hitchcock will be
Canada's eye in the sky from the press box in Vancouver.
“I know why I'm here,” Hitchcock said. “To bring experience from '02, '04 and '06, which I think can be
“But in fairness, you've got to bring people that have that recent experience of intense competition.”
PICTURE THIS: The 44 players invited to orientation camp, the 26 players currently on the
Canadian women's hockey team and the national sledge hockey team gathered on the Pengrowth Saddledome ice for
a massive team photo Wednesday.
It was a unique scene with a stream of Canadian jerseys pouring onto the ice, led by the sledge hockey
team paddling to their sleds to the centre-ice logo.
The sledge hockey team will attempt to defend its gold medal at the Paralympic Games following the
Olympics next February in Vancouver.
“We are three teams under Hockey Canada's umbrella and we are going to spend some time together over the
next couple of days in receptions and things like that to get to know each other,” women's team member Hayley
“That's important because we're trying to win three gold medals for Canada and we can all help each other.
Everyone has different experiences you can count on. We have some women on our team that have been in more
Olympic Games than some of the men.”