by Kevin Parnell
February 23, 2014, Kelowna (ISN) – Kelowna Rockets alumni played a huge role on the world stage over the past 10 days, during a historic Olympic hockey tournament that saw the Canadian men and women claim gold medals to put Canada on top of the hockey world.
Shea Weber and Duncan Keith won their second Olympic gold, while Jamie Benn was a key cog up front, winning his first Olympic gold medal as the trio of former Rockets helped Team Canada put a blanket over the Olympic hockey tournament, culminating with Sunday morning’s dominating performance in a 3-0 win over Sweden.
Benn’s terrific tip-in goal two days earlier will stand out as one of the biggest goals in Canadian hockey history as Canada beat Team USA 1-0 in a game that had more drama than the gold medal game and was an equally dominating performance by Canada.
Shea Weber and Duncan Keith a key pair on the Canadian back-end in a team-first mentality and a focus on defence that took the Canadians to the gold medal.
Weber was especially dangerous, with his cannonating blasts from the point that saw him put up three goals and two assists in the tournament for Canada.
Throughout the tournament, former Rockets were making news on what seemed like a daily basis.
Alex Edler, who had 61 points in 74 career games with the Rockets, earned a silver medal for Team Sweden.
Former Rocket Lauris Darzins was a star member of a hard-working Latvian club that gave Team Canada a tough quarter-final game. Darzins had the lone goal for Latvia and led the team in goals in the tournament.
Tomas Raffl, who played 12 games with the Rockets in 05-06, represented Austria at the Olympics.