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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 priority."

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 pucks. 

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 right wing. 

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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