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Canadians aim for Olympic gold-Stanley Cup double in same season

Canadians aim for Olympic gold-Stanley Cup double in same season

By Asif Hossain

Only six players have ever won an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year. Five of these players are Canadian.

The five Canadians in the exclusive group includes current National Hockey League stars Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, who accomplished the feat in 2010 with Chicago Blackhawks. Current NHL executives Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman did it in 2002 with Detroit Red Wings. The lone American, Ken Morrow, New York Islanders 1980, rounds out the list.

Steve Yzerman at Salt Lake City 2002

We couldn’t find a picture of Ken Morrow. Admittedly, we didn’t try very hard. Sochi 2014 Canadian men’s team executive director Steve Yzerman seemed more fitting in this space anyway.

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Heading into the second round of NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs there are 14 Canadians still in contention for the Olympic gold-Stanley Cup double.

The team with most Canadian players with an Olympic gold this year play on Chicago. Toews and Keith are still there, joined by Patrick Sharp. Seabrook was left off Team Canada for Sochi.

Six teams have two Sochi 2014 men’s hockey gold medallists on the roster: Montreal Canadiens (Carey Price, PK Subban), Anaheim Ducks (Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry), Los Angeles Kings (Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter), New York Rangers (Rick Nash, Martin St-Louis) and Pittsburgh Penguins (Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz). The hated Boston Bruins (well, I hate them) have one Canadian golden child on the team in Patrice Bergeron.

The Minnesota Wild is the only second round NHL playoff team without a Sochi 2014 gold medallist. Therefore, no Minnesota player will hit the Olympic gold-Stanley Cup double this year, one of many things one may not experience in the North Star State, like third round of the playoffs, probably.

By Asif Hossain

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