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Marc-Andre Fleury Olympic Question and Answer Session

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Below is the transcription from Marc-Andre Fleury's question and answer session with reporters on being selected to the 2010 Canadian Olympic team:

Marc-Andre Fleury

On expecting this call one year ago:
I wasn’t really thinking about it – not at all actually. It has always been a dream. I think as a hockey player you want to get that Stanley Cup and have that chance to play for a gold medal. I think it’s pretty awesome.

On getting the call:
Yeah, just this morning. Sid (Sidney Crosby) checked his phone and he had a voicemail so I went in and checked it out. I had a voicemail too.

On who he talked to:
It was Mr. (Kevin) Lowe.

On what Lowe said:
He said congrats and I was excited to get the call.

On what it means to be on the team:
It is pretty cool. I think I will realize it more once we get there. I think it is great news.

On whether winning the Stanley Cup sealed his roster spot:
(It) probably didn’t seal the deal but I am sure it helped. I got a little bit more exposure time I guess. We got a big win so I’m sure that helped a lot.

On being teammates with Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo:
It is pretty cool. They are two amazing goalies and guys I look up to and love to watch play. Hopefully it will be fun to have a chance to be with them.

On who he would prank on Team Canada:
I don’t know. Maybe Sid. He is my go-to (guy) I think.

On how much he hopes to play:
Whatever they need, I will be there. I have no plans. I will go and do whatever they tell me to do. I will be happy to do it.

On what the pressure of playing in the Games means to him:
I think it’s a big deal. It’s the Olympics. It is not only hockey but you want to do well for your country. You want to get that gold medal. Since the Games are in Canada it will be a little more fun.

On this being his first experience with the national team since the 2004 World Junior Championships:
Yes, because I have never been to the World Championships.

On his memories from that tournament:
I have been reminded of that many times. It’s just a chance to have some better memories I guess.

On what it means to wear the Canadian jersey:
You want to do well and you want to do well for your teammates. You also want to do well for the people in Canada and the people watching at home. They are counting on you to do well for the country.

On whether he called anybody yet:
No. I got the call and I had to go on the ice so I didn’t have time.

On who his first call will be:
Probably my dad. He has always been great to me and encouraging me so I think he will be my first call.

On where being an Olympian ranks among his other honors:
I think it is going to be up there. It is such great news. There have been things like (going No. 1 overall in) the draft and the Stanley Cup but this is a little bit different and I am really looking forward to it.

Click here for comments from Fleury's coaches and teammates regarding his selection to the Canadian Olympic team in Wednesday's Penguins Report.

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