To kick off the Olympics I wanted to conduct an Olympic Hockey Round Table. But not just any round table. I wanted representation from each of hockey's power nations.
Let's introduce you to the panel:
Patrick Houda (Sweden) - My old pal and co-author is Europe's leading hockey historian.
Risto Pakarinen (Finland) - Risto is Europe's leading hockey journalist, with pieces featured in The Hockey News and NHL.com amongst many other places.
Sergei Averiyanov (Russia) - Sergei is a credential Olympic journalist from Russia, and will be covering the Olympic hockey tournament (and other sports) for RIA Novosti.
Brett Henning (USA) - Former Team USA player turned author.
Valerian Lukacko (Slovakia) - Valerian is a leading Slovakian blogger, blogging in English at Sportovy Blog.
Boris Vanya (Slovakia) - Okay, he's Slovakian, too, but he runs the excellent website NHLPro.cz, which covers Czech hockey.
Joe Pelletier (Canada) - Hey, that's me!
I asked the panelists 4 simple questions:
Who will win the gold medal?
Which team will be the surprise of the tournament?
What are the public's hockey expectations in your country?
In your opinion, what is hockey's greatest moment at the Olympics?
Let's take a look at their very interesting answers: