Duceppe's Dream Team
[PoliticsWatch Updated 11:30 a.m. December 1, 2005]
|Hockey Legend Mario Lemieux would likely be
the captain of a Team Quebec, envisioned by the Bloc Quebecois
in their party platform.
OTTAWA — Bloc
Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe's party platform contained a
surprise promise in it.
The Bloc is proposing Quebec have its own hockey team at
international sporting events, such as the upcoming winter Olympics
in Turin, Italy.
"What I've noticed over the years is that in the World Cup of soccer . . . Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have their teams. Same thing in rugby, same thing in other federations for other sports," Duceppe said. "I don't see why it couldn't happen in a Canadian context."
Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Prime Minister Paul Martin was
chuckling when asked about Team Quebec.
"What he's talking about is having a hockey team. I suppose
that goes with his army and his spies. But it certainly isn't the
kind of thing that I think Quebecers are going to focus on as a
Martin said he believes the Quebec hockey players who currently play
for Team Canada are pleased to play for Canada.
People often say that Canadian hockey talent is so deep that it
could enter two teams in international competition.
A close look at the possible Team Quebec roster based on the
Quebec-born players on Hockey Canada's long-list of players being
considered for the Turin, Italy, Winter Games shows Quebec could
send a competitive team to the Olympics.
|Martin Brodeur would likely be stopping the
pucks for Gilles Duceppe's Dream Team.
The team would have an over abundance of
goaltenders, including three superstars. New Jersey goaltender Martin
Brodeur would be the starter based on his international
experience and his three Stanley Cups with the Devils. But his
backups would be Florida's Roberto Luongo and Montreal's Jose
Theodore, nothing to sneeze at.
The forwards would also be an impressive array of firepower. The
team could send three lines that could fill the net with
The top line would likely be Mario Lemieux at center, with
the NHL's leading goal scorer Simon Gagne at left wing and
the reigning NHL Most Valuable Player Martin St. Louis on
The second line could be made up of Tampa Bay's Vincent
Lecavallier, Minnesota's Pierre-Marc Bouchard and
Colorado's Alex Tanguay.
The third line could be comprised of some of the beat young players
in the league -- Minnesota's Marc Chouinard, Buffalo's Daniel
Briere and Boston's Patrice Bergeron.
|NHL veteran Eric Desjardins would be the
anchor of Team Quebec's defence.
Defence is another matter. Philadelphia's Eric
Desjardins is the only Quebec-born defenseman currently listed
on Hockey Canada's long list for the Olympics.
Who would coach the team? A shortlist would have to include Jacques
Lemaire, a former Montreal Canadiens player, who is currently
the coach of the Minnesota Wild.
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