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Islanders Olympic Countdown

NewYorkIslanders.com counts down the top-five Islander Olympians.

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 3:44 PM / News
By Sarah Holzberg
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Islanders Olympic Countdown
NewYorkIslanders.com counts down the top-five Islander Olympians.

The Islanders rich championship history extends beyond the NHL and onto the world’s biggest sporting stage, the Olympics. The Islanders have been well-represented at past Winter Games and on podium, bringing Olympic medals back to Long Island.

Islanders captain John Tavares and Austrians Michael Grabner and Thomas Vanek look to write a new chapter of Islanders success at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Ahead of the trio’s first Olympic action Thursday, we’ve counted down the top-five most successful Islanders at the Winter Games!

5: Alexei Yashin - Bronze Medal - Team Russia - 2002:

Islanders’ center Alexei Yashin won the bronze in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City with Team Russia. This was Yashin’s second Olympics after winning the silver in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan while with the Ottawa Senators. During the 2002 Olympics Yashin picked up one goal and one assist. The Sverdlovsky, Russia native spent five seasons with the Islanders and was named the 10th captain in Islanders history from 2005-2007. He’s still representing his country at the 2014 Sochi Games, serving as the General Manager of the Russian women’s ice hockey team.

4: Kenny Jonsson - Gold Medal - Team Sweden - 2006:

Islanders’ defenseman Kenny Jonsson won his second Olympic gold with Team Sweden at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Jonsson contributed four assists for the champion Swedes, picking up points against the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia and USA. The Angelholm, Sweden native also won gold at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, before NHL players participated in the games. Jonsson spent nine seasons with the Islanders and served as the eighth captain in Islanders history during the 1999-2000 season. He was inducted into the Islanders Hall of Fame Feb. 11, 2012.

3: Michael Peca - Gold Medal - Team Canada - 2002:

Islanders’ center Michael Peca won the gold in the Salt Lake City Olympics with Team Canada in 2002. Peca notched two assists for his country in the semi-final against Belarus. Peca spent three seasons on Long Island and was named ninth captain in Islanders from 2001-2004, leading the Islanders to three straight playoff appearances.

2: Robert Reichel - Gold Medal - Team Czech Republic - 1998:

Islanders’ center Robert Reichel won gold with the Czech Republic at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Reichel contributed three goals for the Czechs, scoring against Finland and Russia. The Litviov, Czech Republic native also scored the game-deciding shootout goal against Canada propelling the Czechs into the gold medal game. Reichel spent three seasons with the Islanders from 1997-99 until being traded to the Phoenix Coyotes.

1: Ken Morrow - Gold Medal - Team USA - 1980:

Ken Morrow tops our list of most successful Islander Olympians. The defenseman proved to be a key component of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team, helping the Team USA beat the powerhouse Soviets en route to Olympic gold.

Morrow potted a goal and two assists for the Americans at the 1980 games, which were played upstate at Lake Placid. “Playing in front of our home fans was a huge advantage for us, especially since we were such a young team,” Morrow said. “We seemed to ignite the crowd and the country with our speed and tenacity and the crowd helped energize us. To pull off a monumental upset on home soil was beyond imaginable.”

Speed, tenacity and conditioning are what propelled the American college kids throughout the tournament. Morrow said the team engaged in newly developed training methods such as plyometrics and over-speed training.

“I was never in better shape than in 1980 with the Olympic team and that is what won us the gold medal,” Morrow said.

Just a few months after claiming hockey’s highest international prize, Morrow won the first of four Stanley Cups with the Islanders. The Flint, MI native became the first player to capture Olympic Gold and a Stanley Cup in the same season.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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