Unlucky news for Bronco and Jonesy
Belfour pulls out of World Cup
August 9, 2004
TORONTO (CP) - Veteran goalie Ed Belfour has pulled out of the World Cup of Hockey less than two weeks before Team Canada opens camp in Ottawa, citing a back problem.
The Toronto Maple Leafs netminder informed Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky of his decision Monday.
"I talked to Eddie this morning and unfortunately he won't be able to play," Gretzky told The Canadian Press in a phone interview. "He's got a back problem, a back injury."
The 39-year-old Belfour would likely have been the backup to Olympic starter Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils with Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers also named to the team.