The 2014 Winter Olympics are nearly upon us. According to the official Sochi 2014 website, the men's ice hockey tournament will begin on Feb. 12.
In just over a week's time, Washington Capitals fans will be able to watch three of their own attempt to win gold for their respective countries in Russia:
- Alex Ovechkin, Russia
- Nicklas Backstrom, Sweden
- John Carlson, USA
But what about other Capitals who have played in the Olympics? How have they fared on international hockey's biggest stage?
To answer those questions, here is a ranking of the five greatest Olympians in Washington Capitals history, with one honorable mention.
The ranking consists of players who are best-known as members of the Washington Capitals and is based primarily on statistical production. Each player is listed with his position, country and cumulative statistics for the Olympic ice hockey tournament.
All statistics courtesy of QuantHockey.com unless noted otherwise.