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CALGARY -- Canada doesnt have obvious candidates in goal for the 2014 Olympic mens hockey tournament. Tristan Thompson Jersey . Thats unusual for a country accustomed to familiar faces in net when Canadas men step on the international hockey stage. Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur were considered the worlds best goaltenders in their prime, with Curtis Joseph, Eddie Belfour and Marty Turco also regular wearers of the Maple Leaf. But even the man who backstopped Canada to Olympic gold in 2010 doesnt assume hell inherit the starting job in Sochi, Russia, in February. Roberto Luongos 34 saves, including four in overtime, lifted Canada to a 3-2 victory over the United States for the gold medal in Vancouver. "Its an open competition and whoever plays best deserves to be the starter," Luongo said upon arrival in Calgary for orientation camp. "You work hard and you want to be rewarded for your efforts. If Im going to be there, I want to deserve it." Luongo, Corey Crawford, Braden Holtby, Carey Price and Mike Smith were the five goalies among the 47 players summoned to Calgary for informational meetings and player bonding, but no skating. The cost of insuring what Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson said was $1.5 billion in player contracts was deemed too high to put them on skates. The coaches intended to walk the players through systems Monday on a boarded-up ice surface at Canada Olympic Park. Brodeur, 41, wasnt invited to orientation camp, nor was Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, even though both goalies were on the Canadian team in 2010. Devan Dubnyk was one of Canadas goalies at the last four world championships, but the Edmonton Oiler was also left off the orientation camp roster. Crawford won a Stanley Cup in June with Chicago and is one of five Blackhawks at orientation camp. But the 28-year-old from Montreal has yet to represent Canada internationally. "Ive worked hard the last couple years and (tried) to prove myself," Crawford said. Smith, of the Phoenix Coyotes, got his first real taste of international hockey at this years world championships in Stockholm, where the 31-year-old posted two wins and two shootout losses. Price was outstanding in Canadas net at the 2007 world junior hockey championship on route to gold, but he too hasnt participated in a mens world championship. The 26-year-olds NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens has been a roller coaster of brilliant runs and falling out of favour. His stats this past lockout-shortened season were unimpressive. Neither his save percentage nor his goals-against average ranked among the top goalies in the NHL. "Ive had the opportunity to wear this countrys logo before," Price said. "When you step on that ice, it definitely gives you chills down your spine." Price married Angela Webber on Saturday before flying to Calgary. "To be honest, I didnt actually go to sleep," Price said. "I got some on the flight. You only get married once in your life. Its definitely time to take an opportunity to enjoy it." Holtby, who turns 24 next month, raised his stock during the 2012 post-season with the Washington Capitals. He was rewarded with the Caps starting job this past season, but his international experience consists of an under-18 mens world hockey championship in 2007. "My mind-set is that Im not going to put any extra, added pressure on myself," Holtby said. "My goal is to win games for the Caps. If Im winning games, thats all I can really do." Luongo remained atop Canadas goaltending depth chart a year after the 2010 Games when he took the Vancouver Canucks to within a game of winning the Stanley Cup. Hed still be considered the front runner for Sochi if not for his declining fortunes in Vancouver over the last year. Luongo had his heart set on a trade this summer after Cory Schneider had supplanted him. But Luongos contract -- worth $64 million -- was a drag on his trade prospects. The Canucks stunned Luongo by trading Schneider to New Jersey at the draft, thus bringing the 34-year-old from Montreal back as their No. 1. Its an awkward situation, although its not out of the question Luongo could make a fresh start in Vancouver under new head coach John Tortorella. "What Lous got going for him is that hes won in the past," Canadian head coach Mike Babcock said. "Ive been with him twice, at the 04 world championships and in 2010 and he wins every time. To me, hes got that confidence in himself. Hes been through a tumultuous time and I thought he handled it with extreme class and professionalism." The man ultimately responsible for assembling the 2014 mens hockey team and defending the gold medal isnt lying awake at night worrying about who his goaltenders will be in February. Steve Yzerman believes the position will sort itself out based on the goalies performances between now and December. "I think there are some new faces that are very good goaltenders," Canadas executive director said. "Roberto played on the last team. Corey Crawford is coming to camp. He just finished winning the Stanley Cup. "Things will work itself out. Im not going to worry about it here in August." Cedi Osman Jersey . "I just think what it does for everybody in life is real simple," said Babcock early on Friday afternoon. "You dont give in. You just keep on keeping on. Is it going to go your way every time? No. But you choose your attitude and how you perform and how hard you dig in." Nearly four years to the day of the 2010 gold medal match in Vancouver, his team dug in with its best effort of these Olympics, snuffing out the high-powered Americans for another opportunity at gold. Custom Cavaliers Jerseys . "After consultation with the Team USA medical staff and officials, it was determined that he should return to Winnipeg as a precaution due to his previous injury history," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Wednesday in a statement. http://www.cavaliersbasketballpro.com/j-r-smith-cavaliers-jersey/ . Selected by the Titans in the 2007 NFL Draft, Johnson rejoined the club last season after a five-year stint with Indianapolis.RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- With its superstars aging and its loyal coach slow to blend in young talent, Spains glorious reign as the superpower of world football was bound to end. The Spanish werent favoured to repeat as World Cup champions. But few expected the utter collapse that ended Wednesday with a 2-0 loss Chile, knocking Spain from contention and ending the run of the greatest team of the century. Chiles pace and skill produced a dominating win similar to so many Spanish victories over the past six years. Spain was outplayed, out-run and out-fought. The 5-1 beating by the Netherlands Friday was shocking and foretold where coach Vicente del Bosques team was heading: Home. "If you think about everything accomplished, and you told me we would be eliminated in group stage, I wouldnt believe you," del Bosque said. "We have no excuses. Its a sad day for all of the players." Six of Spains squad has played at least 100 national team games while winning the 2010 World Cup and the European Championships in 2008 and 2012. "Success is not eternal," said Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli, whose hyperactive energy around the dugout was shared by his team. "This generation could not continue with that success and you can understand it." "Its very special the fact we were able to play today against the World Cup champions the way we did," Sampaoli said, and "eliminate them with courage, intensity and attack." Del Bosque acknowledged that his players were "too slow, timid from the start." Chile twice came close to scoring in the first 90 seconds, and led in the 20th minute when Eduardo Vargas finished a slick move of incisive passing that was truly Spanish in its execution. The second followed in the 43th when Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas punched a free kick to the feet of Charles Aranguiz, who fired a rising shot right back past the veteran captain, who took much of the blame for the loss to the Netherlands. "I only ask fans for forgiveness, we did everything we could," said Casillas. The 33-year-old came to the World Cup after a second straight season as second-choice goalkeeper at Real Madrid and a glaring error in its Champions League final win last month. Spain came to Brazil with a very similar -- but older -- team to the 2010 squad. Ante Zizic Cavaliers Jersey. They added Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa, but he failed to score and was substituted in both matches. Spains "tiki-taka" style of play -- keeping the ball for long stretches with short passes, and only shooting when you had a clear opening -- had not been working as well in recent years. Brazil defeated Spain 3-0 in last summers Confederations Cup final, a warm-up for the World Cup. Spain became the third straight European defending World Cup champion to flop in the group stage. France in 2002 and Italy four years ago also failed to advance, or even win a match. Spain can at least end that streak in a consolation game Monday against Australia. Chile and the Netherlands will play to decide the Group B winner. Both will advance to the final 16 knockout round, but the winner will be seeded higher. Xabi Alonso, another Spanish veteran, will likely not start against Australia. He was replaced with 22-year-old Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke after an agonizing first half. Alonso gave away the ball to Alexis Sanchez to start the move down Chiles right wing by Arturo Vidal and Aranguiz, leading to Vargas score. Trailing behind the play, Alonso put his hands to his head. He was booked before conceding another foul, forcing a free-kick that led to the second goal. And his usual accurate passing was off. Other Spanish players were also guilty of wayward passing and woeful finishing. Early in the second half, potential momentum shifts were lost when Diego Costa was slow on Andres Iniestas threaded pass and Sergio Busquets volleyed wide in front of goal. "We didnt do anything different to what we did in South Africa or the two Euros," said forward Fernando Torres, ineffective as a second-half substitute. "We came with the same mentality, approaching the games the same way." Perhaps the Euro 2012 final was the high point of the era: A 4-0 dismantling of Italy on a similarly balmy evening in Kyiv, Ukraine. Then, the team was joined in locker-room celebrations by Crown Prince Felipe. He could not be in Rio de Janeiro. One hour after the match ended in the Maracana, at midnight in Madrid, he formally became king upon the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos. On Thursday, Spain will wake up to a new king, but no longer rulers of world football. Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping NFL Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Gear Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap NFL Hoodies Camo China NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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