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).
He is, in my opinion, one of the best defensemen in the NHL and continuing to grow. I think his game, from an offensive standpoint, he continues to drive our offense... I think there's still tremendous upside for Oliver.
— Coyotes GM Don Maloney on defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson