Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/28/13
The Maple Leaf Olympic fever is starting to kick in this week as Canada and the US kicked off their preliminary camps, offering fans their first glimpses of line combinations and roster speculation and those players on the bubble their first chance to make an impression on the brass. For the Canucks, most of those representing their countries are virtual locks. With the way Mike Babcock’s talking, it should be very surprising for Roberto Luongo to not find himself on the roster. Ryan Kesler, meanwhile, was the heart and soul of the 2010 American team. As long as he’s not hurt, he’ll be there. Then there’s Dan Hamhuis. He, along with Alex Burrows, are the representation of those Canadian talents that would find their way to Sochi with any other passport but instead find themselves buried by Canada’s amazing depth. Burrows couldn’t even find his way to Team Canada’s ball hockey orientation camp despite famously cutting his teeth on ball hockey back at the start of his career. Hamhui...
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