Boston, MA –
Though he came home without a medal, German captain Marco Sturm returned to Boston with enough memories of this year’s Olympics to make up for it.
The forward wrapped up his third Olympic appearance with his German team eleventh in the standings. In his 66 minutes of playing time, he registered one assist.
More than his time spent on the ice though, Sturm said he will remember his experience in Vancouver and in the Olympic Village.
“It’s a great thing, and being around the whole Olympics—the village, the arenas, the people—it’s just a really exciting and really good experience,” he said.
The Dingolfing, Germany native said he was delight to see the enthusiasm shown in Canada for hockey throughout the tournament, something he had not experienced in his past two Olympics.
“The difference was the hockey because they were nuts in Canada,” he said. “It felt like a big hockey tournament, not like the Olympics because everyone was so crazy about the hockey.”
After losing 8-2 to the soon-to-be gold medal winners Canada in the first round of the playoffs, Sturm and his German squad were left to watch the last three rounds with passion usually reserved for fans.
“That was one of the best game's I've seen in a long time,” he said. “It was fun to watch. They battled hard and they both want to win, and Canada got the gold.”
After several days spent relaxing in New Hampshire with his family, Sturm said he’s ready to get back into the NHL routine. And with the Canadiens coming to town tonight, he’ll get his chance very soon.
“Hopefully good. I had three days off here so I got to recharge,” he said. “It's a big stretch coming up for us and I'm very excited about it. I need all the energy I’ve got.”