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BRAVE NEW WORLD
February 09, 1998
The names will be familiar and the teams will be dreamy, but when the best players on the globe face off in Nagano, they will often find themselves staring at an old friend turned new foe
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February 09, 1998

Brave New World

The names will be familiar and the teams will be dreamy, but when the best players on the globe face off in Nagano, they will often find themselves staring at an old friend turned new foe

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Colorado Avalanche
Adam Deadmarsh of Team USA and Peter Forsberg of Sweden are best pals, whether they're leading Colorado's attack on the ice or riding their beloved Harleys together, so they may have the roughest adjustment of the nine Avalanche teammates who will find themselves playing for six countries at the Games. Where in the world are they all from and whose colors are they wearing? We're glad you asked. Clockwise from bottom left: Deadmarsh ( U.S.); Joe Sakic, Adam Foote and Patrick Roy ( Canada); Forsberg ( Sweden); Jari Kurri ( Finland); Valeri Kamensky and Alexei Gusarov ( Russia); and Uwe Krupp ( Germany).

Edmonton Oilers
Talk about friendly fire! Curtis Joseph (above, center) is the only Oiler who'll be wearing a maple leaf at the Games, and as far as his NHL teammates are concerned, he might as well have on a bull's-eye. Taking aim from left: Mats Lindgren ( Sweden), Boris Mironov ( Russia), Doug Weight ( U.S.) and Andrei Kovalenko ( Russia).

Chicago Blackhawks
It won't be considered a Miracle on Ice if the U.S. beats Russia at these Olympics; in fact, it's exactly what's expected. But if the teams meet in Japan, it will have extra significance for NHL mates Tony Amonte (below, left) of Team USA and Alexei Zhamnov of Russia.

New York Rangers
Instead of just minding the nets in Nagano, Mike Richter (above, left) will have to mind the whereabouts of his Stateside teammate, Wayne Gretzky, who has been known to put a thing or two past goaltenders. Richter will be in goal for Team USA and Gretzky will play for Canada.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks
During his 32-game holdout early this NHL season, Paul Kariya (below, left) talked often to his teammate and buddy Teemu Selanne. They aren't likely to be quite so chatty during the Olympics, when Kariya will represent Canada and Selanne will play for Finland.

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