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Olympic Hockey Medal Predictions

  • The 2006 Olympic Men’s Hockey Tournament begins this Wednesday in Turin, Italy.

    2002 Champions Team Canada look to defend their Olympic gold against their International rivals.

    1998 marked the first year the NHL schedule took a break to allow professional players to represent their countries at the Olympic games. It has since become the premiere International hockey event with each nation’s best players shedding their professional jersey and competing for the pride of their country.

    The Czech Republic defeated Canada in a shoot out in 1998 and Canada defeated the US team in 2002 to claim the gold.

    77% of users on this site believe Canada will take the Gold medal this year. Habs Blog Top 6 Olympic predictions follow.

     

    1 Canada Defending Champions. Canada is synonymous with Hockey Excellence and this time is no different. The depth of Canada’s lineup cannot be matched by any other team in the Games. Martin Brodeur is hot and the two backup goalies would be #1 starters for any other country. The blueline is strong despite injuries and the offensive power is fierce and challenging for any defense to handle. The fact that Canadians simply care more and showe more heart than any other team goes a long way in games like these. Canada will top the Czech’s 4-2 in the Final.
    2 Czech A stronger team than the 1998 Champions. Jaromir Jagr is playing some of the best hockey of his life and will lead the Czech’s to the final. Potent offensively and Iron Curtain goaltending. It will get them far but not past the physical game the Canadians bring.
    3 Russia Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin. Skillful youth and experienced veterans will earn them the Bronze medal.
    4 Finland The loss of Kiprusoff will keep the improved and determined Finns off the podium but earn them some deserved recognition.
    5 United States Inexperienced all around and shaky goaltending won’t get them as far as they think.
    6 Sweden No Markus Naslund, no Peter Forsberg (or a 1/10th version), inexperience, aging veterans and average goaltending.

    Let’s hear your predictions in the comments section.

  1. My prediction is a Canada-Russia final with Canada coming out on top by three (5-2). The Czechs will win bronze over the Americans 5-1. Olympics are always fun to watch and hopefully we get the opportunity to celebrate in the streets like we did in ’02, man that was quite a display. I just hope that we don’t start out soft like we did in Salt Lake. Not that Wayne wouldn’t fake rage over something to get the guys going again.

  2. Switzerland will be a surprise medal winner !!!

    At least I wish ;-)

    Seriously: #1 Canada, #2 Czechs, #3 Finnland, #4 Switzerland ;-)

  3. I assume you’re Swiss. Their hockey program has been improving, from the Junior level up. Maybe Gerber can pull some heroics.

  4. Good guess. I live in Montreal but I’m Swiss. Gerber has been very very good recently and we have a few good young players that could make it big sometime. And I still hope Streit will be able to show what he’s capable of…
    We’re 0:1 behind vs. Finland right now, still 30min to go though!

  5. NOOOOOOOOOOO!
    Canada is 2 down vs. the swiss!!! i am going crazy !!

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