One of the best aspects of the Olympic hockey tournament is how it shuffles the deck. We get to see familiar stars take on alternate identities—playing for their countries, on all-star squads, in a different style of game where a single play can be the difference between winning and losing.
Some players wilt under the changed expectations, while others rise to the occasion. Those who shine are building a rich personal legacy that will enhance their reputation through their playing days and into retirement.
Here are nine stars bearing different weights on their shoulders as they get ready to head to Sochi and the prizes that await if they dazzle on the global stage.
Let us know in the comments which NHLer you think has the most to gain at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
All stats through January 14, courtesy of NHL.com.