He won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics; in 2006 Olympics, he finished second overall in tournament scoring with eight points (1-7-8), playing on a line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexei Kovalev.
Datsyuk joins five teammates, competing for Russia at the Olympics for the third time – Ilya Bryzgalov, Maxim Afinogenov, Andrei Markov, Sergei Fedorov and Ilya Kovalchuk (Sergei Gonchar is playing in his fourth).
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic