Bolts forward gets nod over Primeau

Updated: July 11, 2004, 6:52 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Vincent Lecavalier will replace injured Steve Yzerman on Canada's team for the World Cup of Hockey, joining Tampa Bay teammates Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis.

Team Canada named Lecavalier to the team Sunday after Yzerman told executive director Wayne Gretzky he would not be ready for the tournament, which begins Aug. 30.

The 39-year-old Detroit captain injured his left eye during a Game 5 loss to Vancouver in the Western Conference semifinals and hasn't yet decided whether he will return for another NHL season.

"Steve has indicated that he will be unable to participate in the World Cup of Hockey this summer due to his injury situation and that he felt that he would not be ready to be at the level of conditioning required," Gretzky said.

Lecavalier, the first overall pick in the 1998 NHL entry draft, got the call over center Keith Primeau of the Philadelphia Flyers, who is still recovering from a concussion he suffered in the playoffs.

Training camp for Team Canada starts Aug. 20 in Ottawa. Gretzky may add another player before then if Colorado's Rob Blake can't go because of a shoulder injury. The team expects an update on Blake's condition in early August.

San Jose's Scott Hannan, Florida's Jay Bouwmeester and Toronto's Bryan McCabe are among the leading candidates to replace Blake if he can't go.


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