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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