NHL Canadian Corner – February 10, 2014

Latest on the Maple Leafs, Senators, Jets and Flames entering the Olympic break.

Phil Kessel among several Leafs participating in the Sochi Olympics.

Phil Kessel among several Leafs participating in the Sochi Olympics.

TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby notes how few Canadian-born Maple Leafs have played for Canada in the Olympics since the NHL began participating in 1998.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators coach Paul MacLean wants his players who aren’t participating in the Sochi Games rested and ready for the final seven weeks of the NHL season.

WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe with a report card on the Jets heading into the Olympic break.

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Ladislav Smid looking for a shot at Olympic gold with the Czech Republic.


  1. While it’s true that the Leafs have not made much in the way of player contributions to Canada’s Olympic cause in the years since the NHL began participating (other than McCabe and Joseph for the Salt Lake City gams) it’s interesting to note the number of Olympians who have gone on to play for the Blue and white later in their career. Belfour, Lindros, Nieuwendyk, Peca, Nolan, to name a few, and you may as well toss Gretzky into the mix, too, because he would have finished his career as a Leaf if not for Steve Stavros!

    • Kind of dumb article really when you look at the number of Leafs that have played for other countries. Sundin Kaberle Kessel Kulimen Gustavsson Reichel Berg Rendberg to mame a few more Leafs that have played in the Olympics. Not like the Leafs havent had their fair share of olympians. What does it matter where they were born they are still among the best in the world. Slow news day, Toronto media trying to show more supposed Leaf inadequacies, this time with am olympic twist.