PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal may be wearing a different sweater next winter. Neal has been invited to Hockey Canada’s Olympic camp, and he tells Vinnie & Cook about it on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan.
“It’s definitely an honor,” Neal says. “Growing up in Canada and how big hockey is here, being a part of the World Juniors and seeing what the Canadian team did a few years ago, it’s pretty special.”
“I think every guy wants to win a Stanley Cup a little more than a gold medal, but obviously a gold medal is very special. Any Canadian kid would love to put on that Olympic Canadian jersey.”
While Neal will be joined by teammates Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, and Chris Kunitz at the camp, one fellow Penguin who did not make the roster is goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Neal is disappointed at that development, but thinks Fleury can turn it around.
“He had a tough go in the playoffs again,” Neal says of Fleury. “But he’s going to bounce back and have a great summer. He’ll come in with something to prove, and he’ll come back strong.”
Neal also looks back on the Penguins’ offseason so far, and admits that the series against Boston is still frustrating to think about. Listen to the entire interview below!