11 Players With Ties to the Blackhawks and IceHogs Are Still Playing for 2022 Olympic Gold

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11 Players With Ties to the Blackhawks and IceHogs Are Still Playing for 2022 Olympic Gold

Chicago Blackhawks

No Canada. No USA. No problem.

For Blackhawks fans looking to remain interested in the 2022 Men’s Winter Olympic Hockey tournament, sans current NHL players, you are in luck. We started with 14 former Blackhawks and IceHogs players and two current prospects in the Men’s Olympic tournament, and that number has only been trimmed to 11 total players, as we head into the medal-round.

With Russia (R.O.C.), Finland, Sweden, and Slovakia all still alive, there is going to be at least one player with ties to the Blackhawks and/or IceHogs that will be playing for each team, meaning that at least one player with ties to the Blackhawks and/or IceHogs is guaranteed to walk away from these 2022 Winter Olympics as a Gold Medalist.

I like those odds.

Russia

•   Artem Anisimov
•   Artur Kayumov

While Anisimov has been a reserve player for the Russian-side, Blackhawks prospect Artur Kayumov has seen ice-time with the defending Gold Medalists on the fourth-line. He has made two appearances for the Russians in the tournament without recording a point.

Sweden

•   Marcus Krüger
•   Lucas Wallmark
•   Joakim Nordström
•   Fredrik Olofsson
•   Lars Johansson
•   Philip Holm

The team that took down Canada also has the most Blackhawks/IceHogs representation. With six(!) players in the lineup, Sweden should be the new favorite for Chicago fans, if they weren’t already. Marcus Krüger and Joakim Nordström have opportunities to join the “Triple-Gold” Club if Sweden were to win the Olympic Gold in 2022, with both players having won World Championship Gold with Sweden and at least one Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. Also, former IceHogs goaltender Lars Johansson has backstopped Sweden twice in the tournament, shutting-out Canada in the quarterfinals and Lucas Wallmark leads the Swedes with five goals in four games.

Finland

•   Ville Pokka

Long-time Rockford IceHogs defenseman Ville Pokka and Finland look to earn their first Olympic Gold Medal in the nation’s history. They have taken Silver twice in 1988 and 2006, but failed to medal in 2018. Pokka was part of the 2021 World Championships Silver Medal team for Finland last summer and has one assist in four games for the Finns in Beijing.

Slovakia

•   Marko Dano
•   Tomáš Jurčo

After upsetting the U.S. in the quarterfinals, former Blackhawks Marko Dano and Tomáš Jurčo have Slovakia looking to play for their first Olympic Medal since losing the Bronze Medal game in 2010. The last time that the Slovakians have taken home an Olympic Medal was in 1992, as Czechoslovakia, when the country won Bronze. Dano has zero points in four appearances, while Jurčo has a goal and an assist in five games played.

Finland will face Slovakia and Russia (R.O.C.) will face Sweden in the semifinals, with the winners going to the Gold Medal game and the losers facing each other for the Bronze Medal. The first of the two semifinal games will be at 10:10 p.m. CT on Thursday night between Finland and Slovakia, with Russia (R.O.C.) taking on Sweden early on Friday morning with a 7:10 a.m. CT puck drop.



Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.