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).
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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