5 Best Professional Hockey Players In Olympics
The 5 best professional hockey players in the Olympics showcases some of the best professional talent in the Olympic games. For the past three Olympic games, National Hockey League (NHL) players have been allowed to play in the Olympic games. Some of the best have been given the honor to represent their country and go for the gold.
- Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky appeared in the 1998 Winter Olympics for team Canada. Although he wasn't the captain of the Canadian Olympic team, Gretzky is perhaps the most well-known hockey player both for hockey fans and non-hockey fans.
- Sidney Crosby. Crosby appeared in the 2010 Winter Olympics in his own home country of Canada. Crosby not only shined playing for Team Canada on the ice but scored the winning tie-breaking overtime goal for Canada against the U.S., allowing Canada to take home the gold medal.
- Ryan Miller. Miller showed the world why he is one of the best goal tenders in the NHL at the 2010 Winter Olympics. His goal tending skills carried the U.S. team to the gold medal game. Although the U.S. team only won the silver, Miller was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Olympic Games for 2010.
- Mario Lemieux. With two Stanley Cups and a gold medal under his belt, Lemieuex was an impressive Olympic athlete. He was asked to be the captain of the 2002 Candian Olympic team. Lemieux lead team Canada to an Olympic Gold medal.
- Roberto Luongo. As an NHL player Luongo has made two Olympic apperances in 2006 and 2010. His most impressive goal tending skills were showcased in the 2010 Olympics where he not only made an impressive 34 saves in the final gold medal match against the U.S. but also had his first ever shutout victory in a match against Finland.