Hockey

Team Canada's motto revealed

Olympic hockey's fever pitch may be over, but the buzz over Team Canada's victory remains.
Canadian players show off their gold medals while posing for the team picture after their 3-2 overtime victory against the United States in Vancouver. ((Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press))

1. Team Canada's credo — Leave No Doubt

Below is the English version of the credo that adorned a wall in the Team Canada  dressing room in Vancouver. There also was a French version. It was written by Canadian head coach Mike Babcock with help from a friend from their Saskatoon days, Rick Larsen. He runs the Chicago advertising firm Leo Burnett.

  • LEAVE NO DOUBT
  • That this is our game.
  • That this is our time.
  • That 14 days in February will be 2 weeks for the ages.
  • That every day counts.
  • That every meeting matters.
  • That every practice makes a difference.
  • That each one of us will rise to every occasion.
  • That this isn't about us, it's about our country.
  • That we know 33 million Canadians will attend every game.
  • That home ice is an advantage.
  • That nothing can distract us.
  • That nothing will stop us.
  • That our determination will define us.
  • That we are built to win.
  • That we are a team of character.
  • That we are a team of destiny.
  • So let the world be warned on February 28, 2010, we will …
  • LEAVE NO DOUBT

2. Canada back on top

In the latest International Ice Hockey Federation world rankings that were tabulated after the Vancouver Olympics, Canada moved back to No. 1 from the second spot. The rest of the top 20 is as follows: 2. Russia; 3. Finland; 4. Sweden; 5. United States; 6. Czech Republic; 7. Slovakia; 8. Switzerland; 9. Belarus; 10. Latvia; 11. Norway; 12. Germany; 13. Denmark; 14. Austria; 15. Italy; 16. France; 17. Ukraine; 18. Slovenia; 19. Kazakhstan; 20. Hungary.

In case you were interested with St. Patrick's Day around the corner, Ireland is 42nd in the world of men's hockey.

3. Staal the latest in the triple-gold club

With Canada's gold-medal victory in Vancouver, Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal  became the 23rd member of the triple-gold club. A player gains entry into the triple-gold club when he wins gold in the Olympics and the world championship, and is a Stanley Cup champion.

The 25-year-old Staal has won all three components in the past four years, first with the 2005-06 Stanley Cup, the 2007 world championship in Moscow and now the 2010 Olympics.

Meanwhile, Babcock became the first triple-gold coach. He steered Canada to world championship gold in 2004 in Prague, won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2007-08 and coached Canada to the gold in Vancouver.

4. Ovechkin opines on Vancouver disappointment

Alexander Ovechkin returned to Washington  on Monday. After the Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday, the Capitals captain flew from Vancouver to Seattle, to Chicago, to Washington. He was asked by the Washington Post to comment on the Vancouver experience.

On Russia's 7-3 loss to Canada in the quarter-finals: "I think every game against Canada is special for everybody. Obviously we lost and we lost pretty badly. I don't know what happened that moment. You could see how they move, how they play. And we didn't play at all. It was a pretty bad situation for us and our country, in that moment. But, still, life goes on."

On Canada beating the U.S. in OT: "I watched only overtime. I think Canada deserved to win. They play better. I think both teams have good chances, but I think in overtime Canada feel more fresher and have more opportunities to score goals."

On Sidney Crosby  scoring the winner: "I think at that moment, it doesn't matter who is going to score goal. If it was Crosby, [Jarome] Iginla, Staal or someone else. It was a big moment, an emotional moment for them."

On the incident in which Ovechkin appears to push someone who is attempted to film him as he walked into the Russia House.

"I don't want to talk about it. It happened. I feel sorry, but it was an emotional moment for me. I don't want to say something bad or do something bad, but this happened. Let's forget about it and move forward."

5. Olympic matchups on Tuesday

After the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 road win  against the Colorado Avalanche, the NHL returns with a full 12-game slate on Tuesday.

What will be intriguing are all the Olympic-related matchups that will take place. For example, the final game of the evening sees Canadian Olympians Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley, Dan Boyle and the San Jose Sharks  play host to Martin Brodeur and the Devils.

"I told them to really party hard and they don't have to come back for tomorrow's game," Brodeur told the Newark Star-Ledger. "I don't know if they'll take my advice."

Other interesting games involving Canadian Olympians include Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty going up against Brenden Morrow and the Dallas Stars, and Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets firing shots against goalie Roberto Luongo  of the Vancouver Canucks.

Tournament MVP Ryan Miller  of the U.S. is not expected to be in goal for the Buffalo Sabres, when they visit Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.