Roy Snubs Team Canada

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Patrick Roy, the winningest goalie in NHL history, announced that he would not play for Canada in the upcoming Salt Lake City Olympics.

"It's no longer a rumor," the Colorado Avalanche goalie said. "I called (general manager) Wayne Gretzky today and said I would no longer be a part of the Olympics."

Roy was apparently angered by Team Canada's refusal to name a No. 1 goaltender when Mario Lemieux was named captain.

In training camp in September, Roy spoke of his enthusiasm about the upcoming Olympics and a chance to play for his country.

"That's disappointing," Anaheim's Paul Kariya said. "He has been, and is one of the best goalies in the world."

Canadian hockey fans might have a stronger reaction reserved for Roy.

"I don't know how big a deal it is, but hopefully, it's not a big deal," Roy said. "I don't expect people to accept my decision, but I ask them to please respect my decision."

New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and Curtis Joseph of Toronto are expected to be two of the three goalies selected by Canada to compete in the games in February. Rosters must be finalized by Dec. 22.

"Patrick Roy is entitled to make any decision he wants," Joseph said. "He's played long enough, he's done enough for hockey that whatever decision he makes, he has a reason for it."

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