The Winter Olympics, which is surely the greatest collection of hockey talent in the world, is now less than a week away. This year’s tournament—which will take place in Sochi, Russia—is expected to be one of the most competitive in recent memory, with as many as four nations—the Canadians, Russians, Swedes and Americans—all expecting to bring home gold medals.
The New York Rangers will be sending seven representatives to Sochi this coming weekend, a figure that is tied for fifth most in the NHL. Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan will represent the USA, Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin will skate for Sweden, Rick Nash returns to the Canadian side in defense of its gold medal, and Mats Zuccarello will too make his second straight appearance at the Winter Games for Norway.
In Nash and Lundqvist, the Rangers have two gold-medal winners in their ranks, but they’re not the only Blueshirts to have seen success at the Olympics through the years.
There have been several, and in celebration and anticipation of 22nd Winter Olympics, we today present to you the five greatest Olympians in Rangers history.