5 Alumni Claim Gold
Five former college hockey stars - Duncan Keith, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Sharp, Martin St. Louis and Jonathan Toews - helped lead Canada to a 3-0 win against Sweden and the gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
That group brings the total number of NCAA alumni to win gold to 44. Keith and Toews became the first former college players to win gold twice, repeating their 2010 gold medals, while Vermont, represented by Sharp and St. Louis, is the first school with two gold medalists since the 1980 Miracle on Ice.
Carl Hagelin (MIchigan) and Gustav Nyquist (Maine) earned silver medals as members of Team Sweden.
Kunitz (Ferris State) and Toews (North Dakota) accounted for two of the three goals in the gold medal game.
Spent my career at the U of Vermont dreaming of playing in the NHL like Marty St. Louis. Now we share a gold medal. pic.twitter.com/bcWCa7SDAD
— Patrick Sharp (@10PSharp) February 23, 2014
Thirty-four former NCAA players competed in the men's hockey tournament in Sochi, including 20 on the United States. The Americans were led by Phil Kessel (Minnesota), who shared the tournament lead in scoring, was named its best forward and was on the all-star team.