Gretzky backs Canada selection

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Since Steve Yzerman announced the 25 men who would make up Team Canada’s Hockey team for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, it seems everyone has had an opinion – good or bad.

And that includes “The Great One”.

Wayne Gretzky spoke to TSN recently, and was confidant Yzerman had made the right calls:

“I really think he put together a good team. He’s got skill, he’s got size, he’s got depth, he’s got a good coaching staff, and they’ve done all their homework.”

Gretzky now believes it is down to those chosen to prove they merit their place:

“Now it’s up to the players to play at the level that they need to play at to bring back the gold medal”.

The hall-of-famer, who finished his NHL career with 894 goals in 1,487 regular season games, has some experience of picking a roster for the Olympics.

He helped put together teams in both 2002 and 2006, the former of which went all the way to claim the gold medal.

Aware of the media hype surrounding the squad he had some sympathy for Yzerman:

“It’s an easy hard job.

“I won’t be controversial if they win, but as always, it’ll be controversial if they lose.”

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