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The Friday Five: Blackhawks Without Borders

by Leah Hendrickson / Chicago Blackhawks

Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick celebrate a goal against Germany in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

With the elimination round of the 2012 IIHF World Championship underway, the Friday Five revisits the most distinguished international résumés of Blackhawks alumni.

1. In 14 games played in the 1988 and 1989 World Junior Championship, Jeremy Roenick posted 25 points (13G, 12A) for Team USA.

Roenick went on to capture a silver medal in the 1991 World Championship, where he registered 11 points (5G, 6A) in 9 games. The former Blackhawk added another silver medal to his collection in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, tallying 5 points (G, 4A) in six contests.

2. Tony Amonte appeared in a total of eight international tournaments for the United States.

Amonte represented Team USA in the 1988, 1989 and 1990 World Junior Championships, and in the 1991 and 1993 World Championship. He won his first gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, defeating Canada 2-1 in the best-of-three series. Amonte appeared in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympic Games for the United States, taking home a silver medal in 2002.

3. In his Olympic debut at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, 17-year-old Eddie Olczyk registered seven points (2G, 5A) in six games for the United States.

The Chicago native competed in the World Championship on five separate occasions for Team USA (1985-87, 1989 and 1993). In those five appearances, Olczyk recorded 33 points (14G, 19A) and 56 penalty minutes in 39 games. Olczyk was also a member of the second-place finishing United States in the 1991 Canada Cup.

4. Chris Chelios represented the United States in international competition over the course of 26 years.

Chelios appeared in eleven international tournaments for the United States, winning a silver medal in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. In 22 Olympic contests, Chelios recorded eight points (3G, 5A). The Chicago native captained the United States squad in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

5. Tony Esposito represented two countries in nine years of international play.

Tony O helped Team Canada defeat the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series posting a 3.33 goals against average and a .882 save percentage. Five years later, Esposito started in net for the fourth place-finishing Canadians in the 1977 World Championship, where he went 6-2-1 and posted a 3.25 GAA. Tony O was between the pipes for Team USA in the 1981 Canada Cup as he gained his American citizenship in time to represent his new nation.

Honorable mention:

  • Troy Murray won a gold medal at the 1982 World Junior Championship, recording eight points (4G, 4A) in seven games. Murray went on to represent Canada again in the 1987 World Championship, registering 4 points (2G, 2A) and 14 PIM in 10 contests.
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