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Time to settle the medals

 

By Jamie MacDonald, CNNSI.com

Bear with this oversimplified historical observation of the Olympic tournament in our midst: The story of modern Canadian hockey, decades in the making, has been distilled and retold over a matter of days in Utah. Holding onto the notion that theirs was the game’s foundation, Canada struts into international competition with the walk of owners. That foundation is shaken, even undone by the most creative hockey of the day -- decades ago it was the Soviet Union, which baffled opponents with a where’d-who-go? circular system, and in 2002 it was the Swedes sneaking players into weak sides and open spaces -- before getting their skating acts together and adapting.

After near national hysteria, a publicly brave face and the calm after the storm, Team Canada stands where so many think it always belongs, on track for gold, which -- gasp! -- the United States has won twice since the last time the Canadians struck in 1952.

Well, the Swedes are out of the way, leaving only Russian and the United States to drain one another before Sunday’s final. Using history as a barometer, Team Canada may not win gold, but barring a loss to Belarus, order will be restored and it will live to strut again.

As we roll toward the podium, take a look at the guys who’ve scored for their countries through the quarterfinal round. If there isn't anything under one of these NHL player's names, he hasn’t scored or assisted. Well, we’re letting goalies off the hook on grounds that you might be interested in their save percentages.

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RankLWTeam
11 Detroit Red Wings
Brendan Shanahan F ... Canada ... 6'3" ... 215 ... 1/23/69
Steve Yzerman F ... Canada ... 5'11" ... 185 ... 5/9/65
* Assist, +1 vs. Czech Republic
* Goal, +1 vs. Finland

Dominik Hasek G ... Czech Republic ... 6'2" ... 180 ... 1/29/65
* 18/20 saves, W vs. Germany
* 20/22 saves, L vs. Sweden
* 33/36 saves, T vs. Canada

Pavel Datsyuk F ... Russia ... 5'10" ... 168 ... 7/20/78
Sergei Fedorov F ... Russia ... 6'2" ... 200 ... 12/13/69
* Goal, assist, +3 vs. Belarus
* Goal, even vs. USA

Igor Larionov F ... Russia ... 5'9" ... 170 ... 12/3/60
Tomas Holmstrom F ... Sweden ... 6'0" ... 200 ... 1/23/73
* Goal, even vs. Germany

Nicklas Lidstrom D ... Sweden ... 6'1" ... 190 ... 4/28/70
* 2 assists, +2 vs. Germany
* Goal, assist, -1 vs. Belarus

Fredrik Olausson D ... Sweden ... 6'0" ... 199 ... 10/5/66
Chris Chelios D ... USA ... 6'1" ... 190 ... 1/25/62
* Goal, +3 vs. Germany

Brett Hull F ... USA ... 5'11" ... 203 ... 8/9/64
* 2 assists, +2 vs. Finland
* Goal, +1 vs. Russia
* Goal, 2 assists, +1 vs. Belarus
* Goal, +3 vs. Germany
2 3 Chicago Blackhawks
Jaroslav Spacek D ... Czech Rep. ... 5'11" ... 198 ... 2/11/74
Boris Mironov D ... Russia ... 6'3" ... 223 ... 3/21/72
* Goal, +1 vs. Belarus

Alexei Zhamnov F ... Russia ... 6'1" ... 200 ... 10/1/70
* Goal, +1 vs. Belarus

Michael Nylander F ... Sweden ... 6'1" ... 193 ... 10/3/72
* Goal, assist, -1 vs. Belarus

Tony Amonte F ... USA ... 6'0" ... 200 ... 8/2/70
* Assist, +1 vs. Belarus
* Goal, +1 vs. Germany

Phil Housley D ... USA ... 5'10" ... 185 ... 3/9/64
* Assist, +3 vs. Finland
* Assist, +1 vs. Russia
* Assist, +1 vs. Germany
34 Boston Bruins
Sergei Samsonov F ... Russia ... 5'8" ... 180 ... 10/27/78
* Goal, +2 vs. Belarus
* Assist, -1 vs. USA

P.J. Axelsson F ... Sweden ... 6'1" ... 176 ... 2/26/75
Bill Guerin F ... USA ... 6'2" ... 210 ... 11/9/70
* Goal, +1 vs. Finland
* 2 goals, +2 vs. Belarus

Brian Rolston F ... USA ... 6'2" ... 205 ... 2/21/73
* Assist, +1 vs. Finland
* 2 assists, +2 vs. Belarus
42 Philadelphia Flyers
Simon Gagne F ... Canada ... 6'0" ... 185 ... 2/29/80
* Assist, +1 vs. Germany
* Assist, +1 vs. Finland

Roman Cechmanek G ... Czech Rep. ... 6'3" ... 176 ... 3/2/71
Jiri Dopita F ... Czech Republic ... 6'4" ... 230 ... 2/12/68
* 2 assists, +2 vs. Germany
* Assist, +1 vs. Sweden
* Goal, even vs. Canada

Kim Johnsson D ... Sweden ... 6'1" ... 178 ... 3/16/76
* Goal, -1 vs. Czech Republic
* Assist, -1 vs. Belarus

John LeClair F ... USA ... 6'3" ... 225 ... 7/5/69
* 3 goals, +2 vs. Finland
* 2 goals, +1 vs. Belarus
* Goal, assist, +2 vs. Germany

Jeremy Roenick F ... USA ... 6'0" ... 205 ... 1/17/70
* Assist, +1 vs. Finland
* 2 assists, +2 vs. Belarus
* Goal, assist +1 vs. Germany
56 Colorado Avalanche
Rob Blake D ... Canada ... 6'4" ... 227 ... 12/10/69
* Goal, +1 vs. Sweden

Adam Foote D ... Canada ... 6'2" ... 215 ... 7/10/71
* Goal, even vs. Germany

Joe Sakic F ... Canada ... 5'11" ... 185 ... 7/7/69
* Goal, +1 vs. Germany
* Goal, +1 vs. Finland

Milan Hejduk F ... Czech Republic ... 5'11" ... 185 ... 2/14/76
* Goal, even vs. Germany

Martin Skoula D ... Czech Republic ... 6'2" ... 195 ... 10/28/79
Ville Nieminen F ... Finland ... 6'0" ... 200 ... 4/6/77
* Assist, +2 vs. Belarus

Chris Drury F ... USA ... 5'10" ... 185 ... 8/20/76
69 San Jose Sharks
Owen Nolan F ... Canada ... 6'1" ... 210 ... 2/12/72
* Assist, +1 vs. Sweden
* Assist, even vs. Germany

Teemu Selanne F ... Finland ... 6'0" ... 201 ... 7/3/70
* 2 goals, +2 vs. Belarus
* Goal, +1 vs. Russia

Marco Sturm F ... Germany ... 6'0" ... 190 ... 9/8/78
Evgeni Nabokov G ... Russia ... 6'0" ... 180 ... 7/25/75
Niklas Sundstrom F ... Sweden ... 6'0" ... 190 ... 6/6/75
* Goal, assist, +1 vs. Canada
* Assist, even vs. Czech Republic
* Assist, +1 vs. Germany

Marcus Ragnarsson D ... Sweden ... 6'1" ... 215 ... 8/13/71
* 2 assists, +3 vs. Germany

Gary Suter D ... USA ... 6'0" ... 215 ... 6/24/64
* Assist, +1 vs. Finland
78 Ottawa Senators
Martin Havlat F ... Czech Republic ... 6'1" ... 178 ... 4/19/81
* Goal, assist, even vs. Germany
* 2 goals, +2 vs. Canada

Jani Hurme G ... Finland ... 6'0" ... 187 ... 1/7/75
* 25/26 saves, W vs. Russia
* 32/34 saves, L vs. Russia

Sami Salo D ... Finland ... 6'3" ... 192 ... 9/2/74
Daniel Alfredsson F ... Sweden ... 5'11" ... 195 ... 12/11/72
* 2 assists, +1 vs. Canada
* Assist, +1 vs. Czech Republic
* Goal, assist, +2 vs. Germany

Magnus Arvedson F ... Sweden ... 6'2" ... 198 ... 11/25/71
87 Toronto Maple Leafs
Curtis Joseph G ... Canada ... 5'11" ... 190 ... 4/29/67
* 20/25 saves, L vs. Sweden

Robert Reichel F ... Czech Republic ... 5'10" ... 185 ... 6/25/71
* Goal, -1 vs. Germany

Tomas Kaberle D ... Czech Republic ... 6'2" ... 200 ... 3/2/78
* Assist, -1 vs. Germany

Aki Berg D ... Finland ... 6'3" ... 215 ... 7/28/77
Jyrki Lumme D ... Finland ... 6'1" ... 209 ... 7/16/66
* Assist, +3 vs. Belarus

Dmitry Yushkevich D ... Russia ... 6'0" ... 208 ... 11/19/71
Mats Sundin F ... Sweden ... 6'4" ... 220 ... 2/13/71
* 2 goals, assist, +1 vs. Canada
* Goal, +1 vs. Czech Republic
* Goal, 2 assists, +2 vs. Germany

Mikael Tellqvist G ... Sweden ... 6'3" ... 189 ... 6/8/79
95 St. Louis Blues
Al MacInnis D ... Canada ... 6'2" ... 209 ... 7/11/63
Chris Pronger D ... Canada ... 6'6" ... 220 ... 10/10/74
Keith Tkachuk F ... USA ... 6'2" ... 222 ... 3/28/72
* Goal, +2 vs. Finland
* Goal, even vs. Russia

Doug Weight F ... USA ... 5'11" ... 196 ... 1/21/71
* Assist, +2 vs. Finland
* Assist, even vs. Germany

Scott Young F ... USA ... 6'1" ... 200 ... 10/1/67
* Goal, +1 vs. Finland
* 2 goals, +2 vs. Belarus
1010 Los Angeles Kings
Mikko Eloranta F ... Finland ... 6'0" ... 190 ... 3/4/75
* Goal, +1 vs. Belarus
* Goal, +1 vs. Russia

Mattias Norstrom D ... Sweden ... 6'1" ... 205 ... 1/2/72
Adam Deadmarsh F ... USA ... 6'0" ... 210 ... 5/10/75
* Goal, assist, +2 vs. Belarus

Aaron Miller D ... USA ... 6'4" ... 200 ... 8/11/71
1113 New York Islanders
Michael Peca F ... Canada ... 6'0" ... 190 ... 3/26/74
* Assist, even vs. Sweden

Roman Hamrlik D ... Czech Republic ... 6'2" ... 215 ... 4/12/74
* Assist, +2 vs. Canada

Oleg Kvasha F ... Russia ... 6'5" ... 230 ... 7/26/78
Alexei Yashin F ... Russia ... 6'3" ... 228 ... 11/5/73
* Goal, +1 vs. Belarus

Kenny Jonsson D ... Sweden ... 6'3" ... 195 ... 10/6/74
1211 Vancouver Canucks
Ed Jovanovski D ... Canada ... 6'2" ... 210 ... 6/26/76
* Assist, +1 vs. Germany
* Assist, even vs. Czech Republic

Jarkko Ruutu F ... Finland ... 6'2" ... 194 ... 8/23/75
Markus Naslund F ... Sweden ... 5'11" ... 195 ... 7/30/73
* 2 goals, +1 vs. Germany

Mattias Ohlund D ... Sweden ... 6'2" ... 220 ... 9/9/76
* 2 assists, +3 vs. Germany
1312 Edmonton Oilers
Eric Brewer D ... Canada ... 6'3" ... 220 ... 4/17/79
* Goal, -1 vs. Sweden

Ryan Smyth F ... Canada ... 6'1" ... 195 ... 2/21/76
Janne Niinimaa D ... Finland ... 6'1" ... 220 ... 5/22/75
* 2 assists, +3 vs. Belarus
* Assist, even vs. Russia

Jussi Markkanen G ... Finland ... 5'11" ... 183 ... 5/8/75
Jochen Hecht F ... Germany ... 6'1" ... 191 ... 6/21/77
* Goal, even vs. Canada

Tommy Salo G ... Sweden ... 5'11" ... 173 ... 2/1/71
* 33/35 saves, W vs. Canada
* 37/38 saves, W vs. Czech Republic
* 15/19 saves, L vs. Belarus

Tom Poti D ... USA ... 6'3" ... 215 ... 3/22/77
1418 New Jersey Devils
Martin Brodeur G ... Canada ... 6'2" ... 205 ... 5/6/72
* 18/20 saves, W vs. Germany
* 20/23 saves, T vs. Czech Republic
* 18/19 saves, W vs. Finland

Scott Niedermayer D ... Canada ... 6'1" ... 200 ... 9/31/73
* Assist, +1 vs. Czech Republic

Patrik Elias F ... Czech Republic ... 6'1" ... 195 ... 4/13/76
* Goal, assist, +2 vs. Germany

Petr Sykora F ... Czech Republic ... 6'0" ... 190 ... 11/19/76
* Goal, +2 vs. Germany

Brian Rafalski D ... USA ... 5'9" ... 190 ... 9/28/73
* Assist, even vs. Russia
* Assist, +1 vs. Germany
1514 Carolina Hurricanes
Sami Kapanen F ... Finland ... 5'10" ... 180 ... 6/14/73
* Goal, +1 vs. Belarus
* 2 assists, even vs. Russia

Tom Barrasso G ... USA ... 6'3" ... 210 ... 3/31/65
* 12/13 saves, W vs. Belarus
1615 Dallas Stars
Ed Belfour G ... Canada ... 5'11" ... 192 ... 4/21/65
Joe Nieuwendyk F ... Canada ... 6'1" ... 205 ... 9/10/66
* Assist, even vs. Germany
* Goal, even vs. Czech Republic

Martin Rucinsky F ... Czech Republic ... 6'1" ... 205 ... 3/11/71
* 3 assists, -1 vs. Germany

Jere Lehtinen F ... Finland ... 6'0" ... 200 ... 6/24/73
* 2 assists, +1 vs. Belarus
* Goal, +1 vs. Russia

Mike Modano F ... USA ... 6'3" ... 205 ... 6/7/70
* Assist, +1 vs. Russia
* 2 assists, +1 vs. Belarus
* 2 assists, +3 vs. Germany
1717 Montreal Canadiens
Richard Zednik, who played for Slovakia in the World Cup of Hockey before breaking into the NHL, will not get a chance to play for his country this time around.
1819 Phoenix Coyotes
Teppo Numminen D ... Finland ... 6'2" ... 199 ... 7/3/68
* Assist, +2 vs. Belarus

Ossi Vaananen D ... Finland ... 6'4" ... 205 ... 8/18/80
* Assist, +1 vs. Russia

Juha Ylonen F ... Finland ... 6'1" ... 189 ... 2/13/72
* Assist, even vs. Russia

Danny Markov D ... Russia ... 6'1" ... 190 ... 7/30/76
1916 New York Rangers
Theoren Fleury F ... Canada ... 5'6" ... 180 ... 6/29/68
* Assist, even vs. Sweden
* Assist, +2 vs. Czech Republic

Eric Lindros F ... Canada ... 6'4" ... 236 ... 2/28/73
Radek Dvorak F ... Czech Republic ... 6'1" ... 200 ... 3/9/77
Vladimir Malakhov D ... Russia ... 6'5" ... 230 ... 8/30/68
* Assist, even vs. USA
* Assist, +1 vs. Czech Republic

Brian Leetch D ... USA ... 6'0" ... 195 ... 3/3/68
* 2 Assists, +1 vs. Finland
* Assist, +1 vs. Russia
* Assist, +2 vs. Belarus

Mike Richter G ... USA ... 5'11" ... 185 ... 9/22/66
* 33/35 saves, T vs. Russia
* 28/28 saves, W vs. Germany

Mike York F ... USA ... 5'10" ... 185 ... 1/3/78
* Assist, +2 vs. Belarus
2024 Nashville Predators
Kimmo Timonen D ... Finland ... 5'10" ... 196 ... 3/18/75
Mike Dunham G ... USA ... 6'3" ... 200 ... 6/1/72
* 23/23 saves, W vs. Finland
2123 Washington Capitals
Jaromir Jagr F ... Czech Republic ... 6'2" ... 235 ... 2/15/72
* 2 goals, 2 assists, +1 vs. Germany
* Assist, +2 vs. Canada

Sergei Gonchar D ... Russia ... 6'2" ... 208 ... 4/13/74
Andrei Nikolishin F ... Russia ... 6'0" ... 206 ... 3/25/73
* Assist, +1 vs. Czech Republic

Ulf Dahlen F ... Sweden ... 6'2" ... 199 ... 1/12/67
2221 Calgary Flames
Jarome Iginla F ... Canada ... 6'1" ... 200 ... 7/1/77
Igor Kravchuk D ... Russia ... 6'1" ... 205 ... 9/13/66
2322 Buffalo Sabres
Richard Smehlik D ... Czech Republic ... 6'4" ... 222 ... 1/23/70
Maxim Afinogenov F ... Russia ... 6'0" ... 195 ... 9/4/79
* 2 assists, +1 vs. Belarus
* Goal, +1 vs. Czech Republic
2427 Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Paul Kariya F ... Canada ... 5'10" ... 172 ... 10/16/74
* Goal, even vs. Germany

Oleg Tverdovsky D ... Russia ... 6'1" ... 204 ... 5/18/76
2520 Pittsburgh Penguins
Mario Lemieux F ... Canada ... 6'4" ... 225 ... 10/5/65
* 2 goals, +2 vs. Czech Republic
* Assist, +1 vs. Finland

Jan Hrdina F ... Czech Republic ... 6'0" ... 200 ... 2/5/76
Robert Lang F ... Czech Republic ... 6'2" ... 216 ... 12/19/70
* Goal, 2 assists, +1 vs. Germany

Darius Kasparaitis D ... Russia ... 5'11" ... 209 ... 10/16/72
Alexei Kovalev F ... Russia ... 6'2" ... 215 ... 2/24/73
Johan Hedberg G ... Sweden ... 6'0" ... 185 ... 5/5/73
* 19/20 saves, W vs. Germany
2626 Tampa Bay Lightning
Pavel Kubina D ... Czech Republic ... 6'3" ... 213 ... 4/15/77
* Assist, -2 vs. Canada

Juha Ylonen F ... Finland ... 6'1" ... 180 ... 2/13/72
Nikolai Khabibulin D ... Russia ... 6'1" ... 195 ... 1/13/73
* 29/33 saves, W vs. Belarus
* 23/25 saves, T vs. USA
* 26/29 saves, L vs. Russia
* 41/41, W vs. Czech Republic
2725 Minnesota Wild
When Slovakia lost in the prelims, so, too, were the medal hopes of Marian Gaborik and Lubomir Sekeras.
2828 Florida Panthers
Niklas Hagman F ... Finland ... 6'0" ... 190 ... 12/5/79
* 2 assists, +3 vs. Belarus
* Goal, even vs. Canada

Olli Jokinen F ... Finland ... 6'3" ... 208 ... 12/5/78
* 2 goals, +3 vs. Belarus
* Assist, +1 vs. Canada

Pavel Bure F ... Russia ... 5'10" ... 189 ... 3/31/71
* Assist, even vs. Belarus
* Goal, even vs. Finland

Valeri Bure F ... Russia ... 5'10" ... 187 ... 6/13/74
* Goal, even vs. USA

Viktor Kozlov F ... Russia ... 6'5" ... 232 ... 2/14/75
2930 Columbus Blue Jackets
Unfortunate that the pride of Norway, Espen Knutsen, won't get to show the world his country's brand of hockey.
3029 Atlanta Thrashers
Milan Hnilicka G ... Czech Republic ... 6'1" ... 190 ... 6/24/73
Pasi Nurminen G ... Finland ... 5'10" ... 190 ... 12/17/75
Tomi Kallio F ... Finland ... 6'0" ... 190 ... 1/27/77
Ilya Kovalchuk F ... Russia ... 6'1" ... 220 ... 4/15/83
* Goal, assist, +2 vs. Belarus
* Assist, -1 vs. USA


 
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