Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is playing for Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: This is Smith's first appearance at the Olympics.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:
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2013: In four starts for Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland, Smith registered a 1.65 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage.
FUN FACT: Smith's wife, Brigitte, is a former Olympic alpine skier for Canada (in 2006 and 2010). Her mother, Diane Pratte, also is a former Olympic alpine skier for Canada (1972).
HE SAID IT:
On seeing his Olympic sweater for the first time:
"You get goosebumps when you see that. You're like 'I am on the team.' It was nice to be named (to the team), but it was nice to put the jersey on for the first time... and really have the feeling that you're going to be an Olympian."
On his role with the team:
"You have to be prepared to play. That's the mind-set that I've had since I've been named to the team and that's the mind-set I'm going to continue to have... I'm going to do what I have to do to be a part of that team and help the team win. Whether it's playing in games or not, I think every player has a role on the team and if it's me encouraging the guys and being araound and letting them pepper me in practice then I'll do what I have to do to help the team win."
On Canada's chances to win the gold medal:
"The expectation is (to win) a gold medal. Anything else is a failure. That pressure is fun to be a part of. I think everyone expects us to win gold. It's gotten a lot harder over the years with how good everyone else has gotten and kind of caught up to Canada in a sense, but that makes it that much more fun."
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