Monday, February 13, 2006

2006 Turin Winter Olympics
Men's hockey: Facts and figures

Things are slow so far today. No medals yet, and we're basically just waiting for the final race in the men's 500m long-track speed skating (Canada's Jeremy Wotherspoon is currently in 5th following the first round).

That said, I've got a copy of the NHL Olympic Guide for 2006 and it's chock full of interesting tidbits heading into this year's tournament.

NHL players by country (2006)
Canada 606
United States 178
Czech/Slovakia 126
Russia 89
Sweden 57
Finland 42

NHL players by country (1996)
Canada 533
United States 149
Czech/Slovakia 44
Russia 63
Sweden 33
Finland 16

Number of current NHL goaltenders who have won an Olympic medal: 9
Ed Belfour (Gold, 2002), Martin Brodeur (Gold, 2002), Ilya Bryzgalov (Bronze, 2002), Sean Burke (Silver, 1992), Mike Dunham (Silver, 2002), Dominik Hasek (Gold, 1998), Curtis Joseph (Gold, 2002), Nikolai Khabibulin (Gold, 1992; Bronze, 2002) and Manny Legace (Silver, 1994).

Number of current NHL skaters who have won an Olympic medal: 94

Current NHLers - leading scorers at the Olympics:
Teemu Selanne (1992, 1998, 2002) 17 GP, 24 Pts
Robert Lang (1992, 1998, 2002) 18 GP, 19 Pts
Saku Koivu (1994, 1998) 14 GP, 17 Pts
Eric Lindros (1992, 1998, 2002) 20 GP, 17 Pts
Scott Young (1988, 1998, 2002) 20 GP, 15 Pts

All-time popular birthplaces (by country):
Canada (1. Toronto, 2. Montreal, 3. Winnipeg, 4. Edmonton, 5. Ottawa)
Czech Republic (1. Most, 1. Prague, 3. Kladno, 3. Pardubice, 5. Four cities tied)
Finland (1. Tampere, 2. Helsinki, 3. Turku, 4. Oulu, 5. Espoo, 5. Vantaa)
Russia (1. Moscow, 2. Chelyabinski, 3. Voskresensk, 4. Leningrad, 4. Togliatti)
Slovakia (1. Trencin, 2. Bratislava, 3. Kosice, 3. Martin, 5. Banska Bystrica, 5. Skalica)
Sweden (1. Stockholm, 2. Ornskoldsvik, 3. Goteborg, 4. Skelleftea, 5. Umea)
United States (1. St. Paul, 2. Boston, 3. Detroit, 4. Chicago, 5. Buffalo)

City most represented on 2006 roster:
Canada: Two players from both Toronto (Adam Foote, Kris Draper) and Montreal (Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo)
Czech Republic: Three players from Pardubice (Jan Bulis, Dominik Hasek, Ales Hemsky)
Finland: Five players from Turku (Aki Berg, Mikko Koivu, Saku Koivu, Antero Niittymaki, Sami Salo)
Russia: Seven players from Moscow (Maxim Afinogenov, Alexander Frolov, Alexander Kharitonov, Danny Markov, Alex Ovechkin, Anton Volchenkov, Alex Zhamnov)
Slovakia: Four players from Banska Bystrica (Peter Budaj, Michal Handzus, Ivan Majesky, Richard Zednik)
Sweden: Four players from Ornskoldsvik (Peter Forsberg, Samuel Pahlsson, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin)
United States: Four players from Detroit area (Mike Modano, Derian Hatcher, Doug Weight, Brian Rolston)

Points: (88) Jaromir Jagr, Rangers (Czech)
Goals: (40) Jaromir Jagr, Rangers (Czech)
Assists: (60) Joe Thornton, Sharks (Canada)
Plus/Minus: (+34) Andrej Meszaros, Senators (Slovakia)
Average Time on Ice: (28:41) Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings (Sweden)
Shots on Goal: (283) Alexander Ovechkin, Capitals (Russia)
Power-Play Goals: (20) Ilya Kovalchuk, Thrashers (Russia)
Power-Play Assists: (30) Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings (Sweden)
Shorthanded Goals: (5) Daniel Alfredsson, Senators (Sweden)
Game-Winning Goals: (9) Marek Svatos, Avalanche (Slovakia)
Face-off Percentage: (62%) Yanic Perreault, Predators

Wins: (29) Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames, and Marty Turco, Stars
GAA: (1.99) Manny Legace, Red Wings
Save Percentage: (.927) Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers (Sweden)
Saves: (1,626) Roberto Luongo, Panthers (Canada)
Shots Against: (1,779) Roberto Luongo, Panthers (Canada)
Shutouts: (6) Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames

Points: (69) Alexander Ovechkin, Capitals (Russia)
Goals: (36) Alexander Ovechkin, Capitals (Russia)
Assists: (37) Sidney Crosby, Penguins
Plus/Minus: (+34) Andrej Meszaros, Senators (Slovakia)
Average Time on Ice: (23:19) Ryan Whitney, Penguins
Shots on Goal: (283) Alexander Ovechkin, Capitals (Russia)
Power-Play Goals: (15) Alexander Ovechkin, Capitals (Russia)
Power-Play Assists: (19) Sidney Crosby, Penguins
Shorthanded Goals: (3) Mike Richards, Flyers
Game-Winning Goals: (9) Marek Svatos, Avalanche (Slovakia)
Goals-Against Average: (2.09) Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers (Sweden)
Save Percentage: (.927) Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers (Sweden)

Notable team staff
Pavel Bure, Russia general manager (Former NHLer)
Jim Corsi, Italy assistant coach (Buffalo Sabres goaltending coach)
Wayne Gretzky, Canada executive director
Ken Hitchcock, Canada associate coach (Philadelphia Flyers head coach)
Uwe Krupp, Germany head coach (Former NHLer)
Jari Kurri, Finland general manager (Former NHLer)
Peter Laviolette, USA head coach (Carolina Hurricanes head coach)
Kevin Lowe, Canada assistant executive director (Edmonton Oilers general manager)
Jacques Martin, Canada associate coach (Florida Panthers head coach)
Mats Naslund, Sweden general manager (Former NHLer)
Sergei Nemchinov, Russia assistant coach (Former NHLer)
Pat Quinn, Canada head coach (Toronto Maple Leafs head coach)
Peter Stastny, Slovakia general manager (Former NHLer)
Mike Sullivan, USA assistant coach (Boston Bruins head coach)
Steve Tambellini, Canada director of player personnel (Vancouver Canucks vice president and assistant general manager)
Don Waddell, USA general manager (Atlanta Thrashers general manager)

Whew, that's a lot of stuff. There are also quotes from every Olympic-bound NHLer, the most interesting of which I'll post later.

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At 8:36 p.m., February 13, 2006, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

The Most Represented Cities list has some problems. You have to add Mike Knuble to the list of those from Toronto, since that's where he was born and raised. He has become an American citizen since leaving home to play at the University of Michigan, and never played for Canada, but that's where he's from.

The other issue that I saw immediately, was that they went with "the Detroit area" rather than "Detroit". This is probably because there are no two players from the same hometown on the American roster. But including Brian Rolston, who's from Flint? That's stretching "Detroit area" pretty wide. Can you imagine what the "Toronto area" list would look like if you extended it in a 70 mile radius? Or Prague?

It should also be noted that if they're going to go as far as Flint, they missed an American player. Brian Rafalski is from Dearborn, which is a lot closer to Detroit than Flint is.


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