August 21, 2008
Greatest Photos In Hockey History
#14 - Czechs "Dominate" First NHL Olympics
Dominik Hasek celebrates after stopping Brendan Shanahan in the dreaded shootout to eliminate Canada and advance to the gold medal game in the 1998 Olympic games in Nagano, Japan.
The 1998 Olympics are special in hockey history because it was the first time that all of the world's best players would be allowed to compete on the sporting world's grandest stage. The NHL shut down it's schedule to permit it's players to play for their respective national teams.
Canada, with an aging Wayne Gretzky looking for the only event he had never won, was the tournament favorite, but were stoned by Hasek and bounced by the Czechs. The Czechs went on to knock off Russia in the gold medal game.