The Reuters global sports blog
It’s hard to predict who will become Captain Canada, when Canada hasn’t even picked a team.But who will lead Canada’s men’s hockey team into battle at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics will spark more debate than who will be the hockey mad country’s next Prime Minister.
With 46 of Canada’s best taking part in last week’s national team orientation camp you could not swing a hockey stick without hitting a worthy candidate.
There were captains of 11 NHL teams in Calgary but only one man will be called forward to try and lead Canada to the gold medal the host country covets more than any other.
Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Phil Esposito and others have worn the Captain’s C above the Maple Leaf into international battle and sometime before Canada’s opening faceoff on February 16 against Norway another name will claim that singular honour.