As was announced today, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will have the same role with Canada in next month's Olympic games in Sochi.
Crosby will become the third Penguins player to captain Team Canada in an Olympic game. He will join Mario Lemieux (2002) and Dave Tippett (1984). Crosby will also become the sixth one-time Penguins player to captain an Olympic squad since the NHL began allowing its players to participate in 1998.
Here is a brief history of the five players who preceded him.
Player: Jaromir Jagr
Country: Czech Republic
Country's Finish: 7th place
Player's Stats: 4 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points
Notes: At this time, Jagr was in his first season with the Capitals after being traded from the Penguins the previous offseason. In a rematch of the 1998 gold medal game, Russia ended the Czech Republic's 2002 tournament with a 1-0 win in the quarterfinals.
Player: Mario Lemieux
Country's Finish: Gold
Player's Stats: 5 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points
Notes: In his second season after coming out of retirement, Lemieux was hampered by a hip injury which limited him to 24 games. Despite that ailment, Lemieux helped Canada claim its first gold medal since 1952. Lemieux's most famous play in this tournament was a "non-assist" in which he allowed a pass by defenseman Chris Pronger to go though his legs and find left winger Paul Kariya who buried a shot behind United States goaltender Mike Richter and scored Canada's first goal in the gold medal game, a 5-2 victory.
Player: Alexei Kovalev
Country's Finish: Fourth
Player's Stats: 8 games, 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points
Notes: A member of the Montreal Canadiens by this time in his career, Kovalev participated in his third and final Olympic games in Turin. Russia was shut out by Finland (4-0) in the quarterfinal round and the Czech Republic (3-0) in the bronze medal game.
Player: Robert Lang
Country: Czech Republic
Country's Finish: Bronze
Player's Stats: 8 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 4 points
Notes: Kovalev's former linemate with the Penguins, Lang was a member of the Red Wings at the time of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Lang participated in his third and final Olympics and helped the Czech Republic earn its second medal since separating from Slovakia in 1993.
Player: Aleksey Morozov
Country's Finish: Sixth
Player's Stats: 4 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 2 points
Notes: Having left the NHL during the 2004-05 lockout, Morozov played on a North American ice rink for the first time since he was a member of the 2003-04 Penguins. Captain of Russia's national team since from 2007 to 2011, Morozov and his fellow countrymen offered a lackluster showing at the 2010 Olympics. Canada eliminated Russia with a 7-3 rout in the quarterfinal round.
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