Allegiances will be put aside in two weeks when a handful of Penguins trade in their black and gold Penguins jerseys in favor of sweaters representing their native homelands. Evgeni Malkin
and Sergei Gonchar (Russia), Sidney Crosby
and Marc-Andre Fleury
(Canada), along with American Brooks Orpik
, will all be suiting up for their national teams during the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver beginning on Feb. 16.
Earlier this week each had a chance to try on his Olympic garb as the players participated in a pre-Olympic photo shoot at Mellon Arena.
With the Olympics right around the corner, the players each talked about what it means to represent their home country.
“To play for the national team is a big honor for me,” Gonchar said.
“I am very excited,” Malkin said. “We have a very good team.”
“It’s definitely something I think growing up you watched on TV and kind of dreamed about,” Orpik said.
“It has always been a dream,” Fleury said. “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.”
“This is very special and something that again you grow up (wanting),” Crosby said. “I remember watching in Salt Lake and wanting to be a part of the Olympics. It is more than just hockey you are talking about. It is a celebration of sports throughout the world.”
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