Pittsburgh’s Olympic Hockey Connections

Pittsburgh’s Olympic Hockey Connections2016-10-16T19:26:20+00:00


• Buzz Schnieder of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team was actually drafted by the Penguins, but never played for them.

• Craig Patrick was the assistant coach for Herb Brooks when the US struck gold at the 1980 Olympics.

• Seven players won gold medals while playing for the Penguins:
– Jaromir Jagr
– Martin Straka
– Robert Lang
– Jan Hrdina
– Mario Lemieux
– Marc-Andre Fleury
– Sidney Crosby

• Pittsburgh native Ryan Malone was selected to play for Team USA in the 2010 Olympics. (Photo at left)

Malone is the first city native on an Olympics roster and became the first from the city to score a goal in the Olympics on February 16, 2010.

• Did you know that the very first U.S. Olympic Team was formed in Pittsburgh? It all started in 1920, click the photo below to go back in time  

He didn’t have any points for two complete games coming into this game.  He didn’t have any for the sixty minutes.  Got the winner.

MIKE EMRICK, on Canada’s Sidney Crosby’s overtime, gold-medal winning goal against the United States in 2010.

Pittsburgh native Ryan Malone was selected to play for Team USA in the 2010 Olympics. He is the first Pittsburgh-native to score a goal in the Olympics and to win a medal in ice hockey.

78 men played for Pittsburgh and represented their country in Olympic competition:

CANADA (19): George Swarbrick; J.J. Daigneault; Darren Lowe; Dave Tippett; Zarley Zalapski; Kent Manderville; Dave Hannan; Patrick Lebeau; Jason Woolley; Todd Hlushko; Peter Ferraro; Greg Johnson; Chris Kontos; Petr Nedved; Brad Werenka; Mark Recchi; Mario Lemieux; Sidney Crosby; Marc-Andre Fleury.

USA (20): Bob Paradise; Mike Ramsey; Mark Johnson; Scott Bjugstad; Ed Olczyk; Scott Young; Greg Brown; Kevin Stevens; Kevin Miller; Stephen Leach; Shawn McEachern; Moe Mantha; Garth Snow; John LeClair; Bill Guerin; Kevin Hatcher; Tom Barrasso; Brooks Orpik; Ryan Malone; Ryan Whitney.

CZECH REPUBLIC (8): Robert Lang; Jiri Slegr; Jaromir Jagr; Martin Straka; Josef Beranek; Martin Skoula; Petr Sykora; Jan Hrdina.

FINLAND (7): Ville Siren; Petteri Lehto; Arto Javanainen; Janne Laukkanen; Tuomas Gronman; Jarkko Ruutu; Ville Nieminen.

RUSSIA/UNIFIED TEAM (8): Sergei Zubov; Dmitri Mironov; Darius Kasparaitis; Sergei Gonchar; German Titov; Aleksey Morozov; Alexei Kovalev; Evgeni Malkin.

SWEDEN (7): Tomas Sandstrom; Ulf Samuelsson; Andreas Johansson; Johan Hedberg; Fredrik Olausson; Markus Naslund; Mikael Samuelsson.

SLOVAKIA (7): Miroslav Satan; Ziggy Palffy; Marian Hossa; Richard Lintner; Martin Strbak; Tomas Surovy; Ronald Petrovicky.

BELARUS (1): Konstantin Koltsov.

GERMANY (1): Sven Butenschon.

Number of Penguins players on rosters for the Olympics (All-time)
Players that were on the Penguins, or were in the system, won Olympic Medals
Number of players that won gold while part of the Penguins roster
Number of Pittsburgh players (out of 50) to win an Olympic Gold Medal and the Stanley Cup
Number of Pittsburgh players to win an Olympic Gold Medal while on active Penguins roster

Those who have had played or coached parts of their careers for a Pittsburgh hockey team and participated for a medal-winning Olympic team. All listed are players unless noted.