Brian Leetch and Mike Richter will attend Team USA's orientation camp in a few weeks in Colorado Springs. Theo Fleury and Eric Lindros will make an appearance at Team Canada's camp in Calgary. Anyone we're forgetting? You bet -- Rangers Medical Trainer Jim Ramsay. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native will also play an important role in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Ramsay has been chosen to serve on Team Canada's training staff.
Ramsay, who joined the Rangers training staff prior to the 1994-95 season, is looking forward to the opportunity to represent his country.
"It's a big honor to be asked to be part of the Canadian Olympic program. We have a great staff that has been assembled ... Ken Lowe (Edmonton Oilers), Barrie Stafford (Edmonton Oilers), Stew Poirier (Edmonton Oilers), Pierre Gervais (Montreal Canadiens) and Dr. Jim Thorne, who is part of the Canadian Olympic program. It's going to be pretty exciting. We've got the Olympic Orientation camp coming up in September and it's a great chance to get to know each other better and prepare for February."
An NHL veteran of 12 seasons (he also spent five seasons with the Winnipeg Jets from 1989-90 to 1993-94), 'Rammer' is looking forward to working with some of the top athletes in the world.
"I think you have to approach the Olympics like you would any other situation. You're dealing with some of the best players in the NHL. My background here with the Rangers and the exposure to the great players that we've had here over the years gives me a good deal of confidence in dealing with these guys. They are all at the top of their game and I'm looking forward to working with them."
The ultimate reward for Ramsay is, of course, a gold medal, but he knows that the opportunity to represent Canada is what he's really going to take from this experience.
"I think for me, the whole Olympic experience is what I'm looking forward to most. I'm really excited about a lot of things ... seeing the different venues and the athletes from other sports, spending time in the Olympic Village and just being exposed to so many other professionals in the medical field. I think that it's going to be an unbelievable time and something that I'll never forget."