Today in Olympic History - February 10

by Wendy Graves

1992 – CANADA 6, SWITZERLAND 1

Eric Lindros announced his arrival in Albertville, scoring twice and adding two helpers, as Canada defeated Switzerland. After an under-the-radar performance in Canada’s first game of the Games two nights earlier, Lindros – still a few weeks shy of his 19th birthday – made his physical presence felt with several big hits.

Canada also got two goals from Joe Juneau and one each from Gord Hynes and Wally Schreiber.

Lindros had been drafted by the Quebec Nordiques the previous spring, but refusing to sign with the NHL team, he joined the national team instead. His first of eight career Olympic goals came on the power play just over three minutes in when he powered his way to the net to deflect Juneau’s initial shot.

His physical presence was a game-changer. “Eric was a big, strong kid,” says Hynes. “He was strong below the hash marks and in front of the net, and had loads of presence that everybody else was concerned about.”

Three goals in under three minutes early in the second broke the game open.  Juneau scored his second late in the period to give Canada a 5-0 after 40 minutes over an opponent they admittedly knew little about before watching video the day before. “We certainly didn’t go in blind,” says Hynes. “[Coach Dave] King and his staff had us super well prepared.”

The Swiss broke up Sean Burke’s shutout in the opening minute of the third, before Hynes finished off the scoring in the closing minutes of the game with a slap shot that beat the goalie glove side.

The extra media attention that followed Lindros was not unwelcomed by his teammates. “Back then the Canadian Olympic Team didn’t have the big limelight like it does today with the NHL players going to the Olympics,” says Juneau. “When we have Sean Burke and then Eric Lindros joining the team, it brought a lot of positives to our team on and off the ice.”

And the Games, overall, gave Juneau an experience he still appreciates. “Even though I played 13 years in NHL and went to Stanley Cup Final twice, the Olympic Games in 1992 are the highlight of my hockey years as a player.”

OTHER GAMES

1936 – In one of the greatest upsets in Olympic hockey history, Great Britain defeats Canada 2-1, and hands the four-time defending champion its first-ever Olympics loss. Edgar Brenchley beats goaltender Dinty Moore for the game-winner with only 72 seconds left.

Videos
Photos
2014 OLY: Gold medal front pages (M)
Feb 24, 2014
Newspaper cover pages from Feb. 24, the day after Canada won gold in Sochi.
2014 OLY: CAN 3 - SWE 0 (Gold)
Feb 23, 2014
Toews, Crosby and Kunitz scored to help Canada to another Olympic gold.
2014 OLY: Men's Gold Celeb
Feb 23, 2014
Canada celebrates its third men’s hockey gold medal in the past four Olympic Winter Games.
2014 OLY: CAN 1 - USA 0
Feb 21, 2014
Carey Price made 31 saves for the shutout to lead Canada to the gold medal game.
2014 OLY: CAN 2 - LAT 1
Feb 19, 2014
Shea Weber had the winner with 6:54 left to send Canada to the semifinals.
2014 OLY: CAN 2 - FIN 1 (OT)
Feb 16, 2014
Drew Doughty’s second goal of the game was the overtime winner.
2014 OLY: CAN 6 - AUT 0
Feb 14, 2014
Jeff Carter’s hat trick led Canada to its second win in as many days in Sochi.
2014 OLY: CAN 3 - NOR 1
Feb 13, 2014
Drew Doughty’s multi-point night helped Canada to its first win in Sochi.
2014 OLY: Men’s team player desktops
Jan 08, 2014
Get ready for Sochi 2014 and download your favourite player now!
2014 OLY: Men’s players nominated for Sochi
Jan 07, 2014
The 25-player roster includes 11 gold medallists from Vancouver 2010.
2014 OLY: Sochi 2014 jerseys unveiled
Oct 08, 2013
Check out Canada’s new look for the 2014 Games.
Close
Photo Credit:  
Close
Credit