When you think of an impact player, you think of someone who can change the outcome of a game, playing his best hockey when the stakes are at their absolute highest.
Luckily for the hockey fans who have the privilege of witnessing the Vancouver games, there are quite a number of impact NHL players who will wear their national colors for the next several weeks.
But if by impact player, you expect to see the names of Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby or Henrik Lundqvist, you will be disappointed. I don't need to tell anyone that the "Great Eight" or "Sid the Kid" will have an impact for their respective countries.
Impact players can be much more than just a superstar-and in the case of the Olympics, they very often aren't the big names who win the day.
Who will score the timely goal, to go ahead with under two minutes remaining? Who will lay their body on the line to block a shot on the penalty kill, trying to protect a lead? Who might stand on their head, making save after save to keep their country in a game?
Proceed with caution.