Monday, February 24, 2014

Team Canada Wins Gold


On Feb. 24, 2002, that the Canadian men’s ice hockey team won a gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Team Canada beat Team USA by a score of 5-2 in the finals to capture their first Olympic gold medal in men’s ice hockey in 50 years.

Team Canada, poses with their flag and Gold Medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.


Assistant captain Joe Sakic was named the tournament MVP, finishing third in scoring with 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists).  Sakic did his best work in the finals, burying two goals and setting up another two for a total of four points.  “Burnaby Joe” scored the eventual game-winner to break a 2-2 tie with a laser of a wrist shot, which beat Mike Richter late in the second period.



They would score two more from there and listen to the Canadian fans in attendance sing “O Canada” as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Once again Team Canada won the Gold Medal in this years Winter Olympics, taking down Sweden at the 2014 Sochi games. While the Americans fell to Finland in the Bronze Medal game after falling to Team Canada in the semi-finals.



The United States has the most medals of any team in men’s Olympic Hockey play with 22, but the Canadians and Swedish are tied in second with 21 medals. 

 

However, the Canadians have the most Gold medals of any team in Olympic history with nine, seven more than both Sweden and the United States. 

 

The United States has the most Silver medals with eight, four more than Canada who is second with four. Sweden has the most Bronze medals in Olympic competition with four, tied with Czechoslovakia.