Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The roster, which includes Brampton's Rick Nash and Jason Spezza, (as a reserve), gathered Monday at Mississauga Iceland Arena for its first practice before flying to Italy later that night. Nash, a third-year player with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is representing Canada for the fourth time in international competition and says despite the pressure that Canadians face it is always something special. "There's so many great players out there it's just a privilege and an honour to be part of it,'' he said. Nash described going to the Olympics as a "dream come true''. At the 2005 World Championships, Nash was named to the all-star team as he helped Canada to a silver medal. At the tournament he played on a line with Simon Gagne and Joe Thornton and Team Canada head coach Pat Quinn had that trio working together during the opening workout. Although Quinn said no final decisions had been made on lines, Nash said he would not mind if that line remained intact. "We have some chemistry together,'' said Nash.