Billy Smith, Team Canada's reluctant backupgoaltender, cracked a finger...

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Billy Smith, Team Canada's reluctant backupgoaltender, cracked a finger on his left hand in practice Saturday morning and will be sidelined for the rest of the Canada Cup hockey tournament.

Smith, who has repeatedly said he would rather go home to Long Island if he wasn't going to be used in the tournament, was injured by a shot by New York Islander teammate Mike Bossy while tuning up for Saturday night's game against Czechoslovakia.


Team Canada General Manager Cliff Fletcher said Smith will be replaced by third-string netminder Don Edwards of the Buffalo Sabres, who had been allowed to return home by club officials because international rules prohibited him from practicing with the team.

Smith, who had apparently been convinced to attend Team Canada training camp by Islander General Manager Bill Torrey, did nothing to hide his discontent with the situation.

'I'm not interested in being here, I never did want to be here and I'm just waiting for the 13th (of September) when it's all over,' he said. 'I haven't left because if I did, I'd be crucified by people. I feel like I'm caught in a situation where I can't win either way.'


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