Sens defenceman Marc Methot was named to Team Canada's Sochi 2014 Olympic orientation camp on Monday, making him the lone Canadian Senator to be invited to camp.
Methot has represented Canada on two occasions at the World Championships in 2011 and 2012 when he was still a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He is one of three Ottawa natives to be invited with San Jose's Dan Boyle and Philadelphia's Claude Giroux being the others.
Canada's camp will run from August 25-28 in Calgary, Alta.
Here's what Methot had to say about his selection...
On being invited to Team Canada's Orientation Camp:
It was wonderful news to get last night. It was a nice surprise, getting that phone call. I had an inkling that maybe there was a chance I'd get invited to the orientation camp but to actually get that phone call and have Kevin Lowe tell me over the phone was great. I'm just extremely happy and honoured to be in that class.
On what it means to him:
I take pride in that, that's what you play for. You want to get recognized for your good play and I thought I had a pretty good season last year. A lot of that was great help from all of my teammates in Ottawa, we played on a good team and that only improved my game. Again, it just feels great to finally be recognized and I've come a long way to get here.
On what he knows about the camp:
The conversation I had with Kevin was pretty quick. He had mentioned that he wasn't sure if we were going to be skating or not, but I know that they're going to have plenty of media things and activities going on for us while we're there and you get a chance to meet all the players too. It's obviously the first time for me so I'm kind of going in there blind, but it's something that I'm really looking forward to.
On playing for Canada at the World Championships:
I think that's a big reason why I've been invited, simply because I know it's on a bigger ice surface and I had two very good, strong tournaments overseas. I think I turned a lot of heads playing there. It's a different style, not every player will play the same kind of game playing there on the big ice, it's a much different game, it's much more skating and I think that's my strength. Having my skating ability mixed in with being a defensive defenceman.
On the possibility of playing for Canada in Sochi:
Aside from being fortunate enough to wear a Senators jersey playing in my hometown, I can't think of a greater honour. Even at the Worlds stage when I've played there the past few years, it's so special. You're so pumped up. You're always a favourite, there's huge expectations, it's a high pressure situation and we feed off of that. That's why we play the game. It's a challenge and getting anything less than gold is usually a failure for Canada. Getting to play with all these great players is going to be a very cool experience if I get that opportunity.
On his summer training:
I feel great, I was pretty sore in my joints and certain specific areas after the playoffs. It's such a grind playing in that shortened up season so it took me a while to heal up. I've been training for a while now and I'm back to where I want to be and I'm nice and heavy now in the middle of summer and, now that we're starting to skate more, I start to trim down and get back into game shape and that's where I'm at now. Things are going very well and I'm healthy.
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