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Bruins in the Olympics

Posted by David Sabino  February 7, 2014 10:10 PM

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Appearing in his third Olympics, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was allowed to leave early for Sochi where he was the flag-bearer of his native Slovakia during the Opening Ceremonies.

Following the conclusion of the Bruins game with the Ottawa Senators early Saturday evening, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, David Krejci, Tukka Rask and coach Claude Julien will head to Sochi, Russia to join captain Zdeno Chara for the 2014 Olympic Hockey Tournament. Chara, the captain of the Slovakia National Team was granted a two-game leave from the B’s so he could serve as flag-bearer for his native country during the Opening Ceremonies. This will be Chara’s third Olympics, all while playing for the Bruins, breaking a tie with Per-Johan Axelsson for most Olympics as a Bruin.

There has been at least one Boston representative at every Winter Olympics since the NHL began sending its players to the Games in 1998 at Nagano, Japan. That year the only Boston player at the games was Raymond Bourque who came up short of a medal for the disappointing Canadian squad who were favored at the start but lost a chance at a medal by dropping games against the Czech Republic and Finland. Since, Bruins have brought home a total of six medals—two gold, three silver and a bronze.

Here’s how the Bruins have fared while representing their home nations in the Olympics:

2010 Vancouver, Canada

  • Patrice Bergeron, Canada 1 assist, -2rating, GOLD

  • Zdeno Chara, Slovakia 3 assists, 6 PIM, 0 rating

  • Miroslav Satan, Slovakia 1 goal, 1 assist, -2 rating

  • David Krejci, Czech Republic, 2 goals, 1 assist, +2 rating

  • Marco Sturm, Germany 1 assist, -2 rating

  • Tim Thomas, USA, .857 sv. pct., SILVER

2006 Torino, Italy

  • PJ Axelsson, Sweden 3 goals, 3 assists GOLD

  • Zdeno Chara, Slovakia 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 PIM, +6 rating

  • Milan Jurcina, Slovakia 1 assist, -2 rating

2002 Salt Lake City

  • P.J. Axelsson , Sweden, -1 rating

  • Mikko Eloranta Finland, 2 goals

  • Bill Guerin, USA 4 goals, +2 rating SILVER

  • Brian Rolston, USA 3 assists, +3 rating SILVER

  • Sergei Samsonov, Russia, 1 goal, 2 assists, BRONZE

  • Jozef Stumpel , Slovakia 2 goals, 1 assist, +2 rating

1998 Nagano, Japan

  • Ray Bourque, Canada 1 goal, 2 assists, +8 rating

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Stats Driven is powered by David Sabino, who over the last two decades has been a source of statistical analysis on the pages of Sports Illustrated, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune. David has written about all seven recent Boston-area championships for Sports Illustrated Presents commemorative issues, was the creator of such long time features as SI’s Player Value Ranking, NBA Player Rating and long running fantasy football and baseball columns.

He has also authored or made contributions to many books, including the Sports Illustrated’s 100 Fenway: A Fascinating First Century.

Now living in Marblehead, he’s focusing his attention on the Boston sports scene, specifically delving into the numbers affecting the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins, with the goal of informing and entertaining real fans. You can follow him on Twitter at @SabinoSports.

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