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Heavy Medal

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim Ducks players combined for seven medals at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the most in the NHL (San Jose was second with five). The seven medals also tied the most ever by an NHL team.

The only other NHL teams to have as many as seven medal winners were the 1998 Pittsburgh Penguins and the 2002 Detroit Red Wings. Anaheim Ducks players combined for three gold (Scott Niedermayer, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry for Canada), two silver (Bobby Ryan, Ryan Whitney for USA), and two bronze medals (Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne for Finland) at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

- With gold medal winners in each of the last three Olympic Games (Kariya 2002, Pahlsson, 2006, Niedermayer, Getzlaf, Perry in 2010), the Ducks join the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks as the only NHL teams to have gold medalists in the last three such tournaments (2002-2010).

- The Ducks, Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers are the only three NHL teams to have multiple medalists in EACH of the four Olympic tournaments involving NHL players (1998-2010).

-  The Ducks also became just the second NHL team to have players with multiple medals of EACH color in an Olympic tournament (2002 Red Wings, two gold, two silver, three bronze).

-Ducks players have won 15 medals in the four Olympic Games involving NHL players, second only to the Detroit Red Wings (16). New York Rangers players have also won 15. The complete Anaheim Ducks list:

Gold = 5 (Paul Kariya with Canada in 2002; Samuel Pahlsson with Sweden in 2006, Ryan Getzlaf, Scott Niedermayer and Corey Perry with Canada in 2010)

Silver = 5 (Mikhail Shtalenkov and Dmitri Mironov with Russia in 1998; Teemu Selanne with Finland in 2006, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Whitney with USA in 2010)

Bronze = 5 (Teemu Selanne with Finland in 1998 and 2010; Oleg Tverdovsky and Ilya Bryzgalov with Russia in 2002; Saku Koivu with Finland in 2010)

Individual Highlights
- In his first career Winter Olympic Games, Corey Perry notched 4-1=5 points with a +3 rating in seven contests, capturing the gold medal with Team Canada. He ranked tied for second in goals for the tournament and scored Canada's second marker in the Gold Medal Game.

- Ryan Getzlaf helped Team Canada to a gold medal, scoring 3-4=7 points in seven contests. He ranked tied for second on Team Canada in points. Getzlaf scored 1-2=3 points in Canada’s 7-3 win over Russia in the quarterfinals on Feb. 24.

- Team Canada captain Scott Niedermayer earned 1-2=3 points with a +2 rating in seven contests, helping the club to a gold medal.
- Bobby Ryan and Ryan Whitney each won their first Olympic medal for Team USA (silver). Ryan collected 1-1=2 points with two PIM and a +3 rating. His goal in Team USA’s 3-1 win over Switzerland in the preliminary round on Feb. 16 accounted for the first goal of the men’s hockey tournament.

- Teemu Selanne (Finland) became the all-time Olympic men’s hockey scorer (20-17=37 points in 31 career games) with an assist on Feb. 19 vs. Germany. He surpassed Valeri Kharlamov (Russia), Vlastimil Bubnik (former Czechoslovakia) and Harry Watson (Canada) to capture sole possession of the title. Selanne now has three career Olympic medals: (silver in 2006, bronze in 2002 & 2010).

- With Team Finland’s bronze medal, captain Saku Koivu joined fellow teammates Jere Lehtinen and Ville Peltonen for a share of the all-time Olympic men’s hockey record with four career medals. Vladislav Tretiak (former USSR) and Jiri Holik (former Czecheslovakia) also have four medals. Koivu, Lehtinen and Peltonen each have one silver and three bronze medals.

- In five tournament contests, Jonas Hiller went 2-2-1 for Team Switzerland with a 2.47 GAA and a .918 SV%. His 146 saves for the tournament ranked third among all goaltenders.
- Ducks prospect Luca Sbisa appeared in all five of Switzerland’s Olympic contests.

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