The starting goaltenders for the 2014 Olympics are an eclectic bunch. Some are incredible athletes who could have starred in other sports.
Other teams have journeymen who simply battle endlessly and strive to make life miserable for opposing shooters with sheer will.
The one quality they all share is the ability to inspire their teammates. Great goaltending is the backbone of almost every winning team. The team that captures the gold medal in Sochi is likely to be anchored by an excellent netminder.
There are a few questions about who is the No. 1 goaltender for each team, but based on play over the past few seasons in both international and club play, as well as the first few days in Sochi, we have named one masked man for each country.
In ascending order, here are the best starting goaltenders at the 2014 Winter Olympics.