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When a Nation Calls

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – They were summoned and they answered. Now Vancouver will be their battlefield.


While most of their teammates are trying to find a quiet place in the sun for the next two weeks, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Jaroslav Halak, Sergei Kostitsyn, Andrei Kostitsyn and Yannick Weber will spend the time in the spotlight, each hoping to guide their team to international hockey’s pinnacle position – Olympic gold. With the exception of Markov, who took part in the 2006 Turin Games, they will carry their homeland’s standard into Olympic competition for the first time during the Vancouver Games.

The six-man delegation the Canadiens are sending equals the largest contingent the team has sent to the Olympics since the NHL agreed to let its players take part in the world’s athletic summit in 1998. In 2006 the Habs contributed six players to the cause, sending them off to Italy in mid-February.

In two Olympiads so far (The Habs had no representative at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games) Montreal’s trophy case contains a pair of bronze medals and a silver as well as Martin Rucinsky’s 1998 gold medal from Nagano.
Name
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
Medal
Shayne Corson
6
1
1
2
2
Mark Recchi
5
0
2
2
0
Saku Koivu
6
2
8
10
4
Martin Rucinsky
8
1
3
4
0


Name
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
Medal
Andrei Markov
8
1
2
3
6
Alex Kovalev
8
4
2
6
4
Saku Koivu
8
3
8
11
12
Mark Streit
6
2
1
3
6
  Richard Zednik
6
1
0
1
12
Jan Bulis
8
0
0
0
10
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