BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
When Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman decided to keep one of his own in Martin St. Louis off the Team Canada roster for the upcoming Olympic games, it sent shockwaves not only in Tampa Bay but in all of Canada as well. TSN NHL analyst Pierre LeBrun told WDAE’s ‘The Sports Page’ on Tuesday that St. Louis’ absence from the roster was tough for Canadians to take.
“I think that he (St. Louis) has so many fans here north of the border” said LeBrun. “He represents everything that’s right with the game.”
LeBrun said St. Louis not making the Olympic roster was the headline of the selections and he felt bad for Steve Yzerman who immediately joined the TSN roundtable broadcast which immediately followed the announcement. LeBrun believes that if the decision was solely up to Yzerman, that St. Louis would have made the roster.
“I think if it was only up to him (Yzerman), probably Marty would have made the team. But the way they’ve gone about putting together the team together is everyone’s voice has equal value and great value, and they’ve really gone about this as a group thing with all the GM’s and coaches that are in the room for team Canada” said LeBrun.
“I can tell you through my sources that I just don’t think the coaching staff in particular was really supporting that idea of having Marty St. Louis on (the roster). They wanted a couple of other players instead and at the end of the day, there wasn’t enough support.”
The hockey competition of the Sochi Olympic Games begins on February 12th.