Gonchar will be representing Russia in Olympic competition for the fourth time and will be looking for his third Olympic medal -- he was a member of the silver-medal winning team in 1998 and captured a bronze medal in 2002.
His most recent international competition was the 2007 World Championship where he recorded five points (1-4-5) and was paired with Andrei Markov. “I played with (Markov) in the World Championship in Moscow. We played together and we had a good chemistry. I don’t know what the coach has in mind but at the same time I think we have played well together and we understand each other.”
He represented Russia at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the second World Cup of his career (1996) and led defensemen in scoring with three points (1-2-3).
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie