Top Eight Countries That Comprise the Best Hockey Talents (part 2)

4. Finland

Finland has finished multiple times with the silver and bronze medals in the Olympics competition but never won the gold. However, the country has produced some NHL talent over the past four decades with the best player to come from the country being Teemu Selanne, arguably.

Tthe other players that come from Finland include Olli Jokinen, Tomas Sandstrom, Jari Kurri, and Saku Koivu. Finland has also developed some fine goaltenders, such as Miikka Kiprusoff, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, and Antti Niemi.

5. The United States

Even though the NHL is based out of the United States, there are tons of American players in the league with some very talented players having come out of the last quarter century.

Some of the best American players of all time include Phil Housley, Keith Tkachuk, Mike Modano, Chris Chelios, and Jeremy Roenick. The US also has many current talents such as Jonathan Quick, Patrick Kane, Zack Parise, Max Pacioretty, Ryan Suter, Joe Pavelski, and Phil Kessel.

In Olympics competition, the US has won two gold medals and one bronze medal and have had to settle for silver up to eight times.

6. Slovakia

Originally a part of the Czech Republic, Slovakia has produced some hockey stars including Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa. Gaborik is on high pace with 751 points in his first 14 seasons. Meanwhile, the Senators has seen Hossa, whose career that started in 1997, score 1,056 points, as well as five All Star Games and two Stanley Cups. Former Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara also comes to mind.

There are some legends from Slovakia as well, with Blackhawks’s Stan Mikita, who scored nine times All Star, two times Lady Byng Trophy winner, and four times Art Ross Trophy winner, and Peter Stastny are much favorite by their home country, while players like Peter Bondra and Pavol Demitra were no slouches.

Army victories cannot carry the national flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics

The Russian hockey team won the Olympic gold medal of the Olympics in Pyeongchang, beating the German team in extra time in the final. However, they had to celebrate their victory under the Olymic flag – the flag for free athletes.

The hockey final of the 2018 Winter Olympics took place on February 25 in Gangneung, South Korea. The outstanding Russian athletes scored for the home team and became the team to win the gold medal in this sport. The silver medal went into the hands of the German national team, and the bronze medal for the Canadian team won third place after beating the Czech team.

This is the first victory of the Russian national team at the Olympic Games. In 1992, the Soviet team won a gold medal. The Soviet national team has a total of 7 victories in the Olympics.

For Russian athletes, this is the second gold medal at the Olympics in Pyeongchang. Previously, 15-year-old Alina Zagitova, figure skater, was the first person to bring the gold medal to the Russian Olympic team at the 2018 Winter Olympics.


She won a total of 239.57 points through two compulsory and self-examination. by. Zagitova’s achievement is better than compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva, who won the world twice.

Hockey and figure skating are key competitions of the 2018 Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The 2018 Winter Olympics is a memorable tournament for the Russian delegation, because they do not play in the national name but must play in the name of free athletes. Therefore, the moment of honoring the winner in Russian sports competitions is made under the Olympic flag.

With the IOC’s decision, Russian officials were not invited to the 2018 Winter Olympics, nor did the Russian national anthem and flag appear at the opening ceremony or during the Games. Not only must not march under the Russian flag, if any Russian athlete wins a medal, the Olympic song, instead of the Russian national anthem, is played when they stand on the podium to receive the award.