Viewer’s Guide To Olympic Hockey: What To Look For

February 15th, 2010 by Brian Kalbhenn Leave a reply »
To be perfectly honest, I am not sure that most NHL fans know everything about international hockey.

Sure, we know the names we recognize from limited SportsCenter coverage or the ones that play for our favorite team, but can we really claim to know all there is to know about countries like Latvia or Norway?

Because of my general ignorance about international hockey, I have put together this guide to 2010 Olympic Hockey for those who find themselves in the same boat I do. Included are key players, a quick summary about the best players not known to NHL fans, players for each country who have past NHL connections, and the player from each team that I have judged to have the best name. Enjoy the hockey; it's the best we'll see for another four years!



Key Players—Mikhail Grabovski, Sergei Kostitsyn, Andrei Kostitsyn, Ruslan Salei
It’s been 8 years since the legendary upset of Sweden in Salt Lake, but Belarus has been steadily improving on the international stage. The Brothers Kostitsyn will provide the primary scoring punch, while Ruslan Salei will anchor the blue line.

Remember that not too long ...

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