The Phoenix Coyotes talked to their goaltender Mike Smith about him taking part in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with Team Canada.
Smith was named to the team but is obviously the third goaltender, behind Carey Price and Roberto Luongo, unlikely to see any ice time during the tournament. While that might be not an enviable spot, Smith is comfortable with his spot with Team Canada.
“You have to be prepared to play. That’s the mind-set that I’ve had since I’ve been named to the team and that’s the mind-set I’m going to continue to have… I’m going to do what I have to do to be a part of that team and help the team win. Whether it’s playing in games or not, I think every player has a role on the team and if it’s me encouraging the guys and being araound and letting them pepper me in practice then I’ll do what I have to do to help the team win.”
Of course, Team Canada is expected to win the gold. Smith had his own opinion on that along with the pressure that goes along with it.
“The expectation is (to win) a gold medal. Anything else is a failure. That pressure is fun to be a part of. I think everyone expects us to win gold. It’s gotten a lot harder over the years with how good everyone else has gotten and kind of caught up to Canada in a sense, but that makes it that much more fun.”
These are his comments on when he first saw his Team Canada uniform.
“You get goosebumps when you see that. You’re like ‘I am on the team.’ It was nice to be named (to the team), but it was nice to put the jersey on for the first time… and really have the feeling that you’re going to be an Olympian.”
Smith might not see any playing time with Team Canada, but it looks like he will be a great teammate.