Savard out to prove skeptics wrong

BOLTON — Marc Savard, tanned from a summer off and still thick in the sweet spot of his game on the links, stepped off the driving range prior to the Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament to address a nagging issue: how Team Canada left him off the Olympic orientation camp roster.

“I was pretty upset about it,” Savard said. “I feel that I had a chance to at least go to the camp. I didn’t really come out and say anything. I had a lot of calls for a couple weeks after that. It’s something I didn’t want to talk about. I was pretty mad about it. I’ve had to prove myself over and over again. I’m hoping to get off to a good start. I still haven’t counted myself out, so I guess that’s all that matters.”

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Savard will be using the Olympic face-slap as motivation in 2009-10, which is also the last year of his current contract. Savard said he won’t let the prospect of playing his final season in Boston distract him from performing at peak level.