Sidney Crosby leads a loaded Canadian team looking to defend its gold medal from the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Alex Ovechkin is the face of a Russian squad hungry to accomplish what Canada did four years ago and claim the title of Olympic champion on home soil.
There's a good chance one of these two players—rivals since they entered the league in 2005-06—will lead their team to gold and earn the title of tournament MVP, but there are others in the mix.
Ryan Miller, goaltender for the United States, won that distinction in 2010 by guiding his team to overtime in the final, and it's entirely possible another netminder will claim the title this year given how critical they are in single-elimination contests.
The MVP will have to lead their team to meet or surpass expectations at the Olympics. He'll have to do more than just lead the way with points or save percentage. He'll have to make the players around him better and bring his team together.
Who are we handicapping for the post-tournament vote for MVP? Read on to find out.