Evgeni Malkin will try to help Russia mine gold in Vancouver. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
In the hockey world, much of the hype leading up to the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver has centered around the rivalry between Alex Ovechkin’s Russians and Sidney Crosby’s Canadians. But there is another Russian the home squad and all other opponents better be aware of.
While Evgeni Malkin may not be in the top 10 in NHL scoring this season, he is just one year removed from winning the Art Ross and Conn Smythe Trophies and deserves special attention every time he hits the ice. The native of Magnitogorsk, Russia has some special motivation headed into this year’s Olympics. Malkin has represented his country at every level of international competition, but has never won gold.
That may change in Vancouver where the Russians are considered one of the tournament’s premiere teams. If all goes well, Malkin may have a new golden ornament for his trophy case when he leaves Vancouver in February. Ken Campbell takes a closer look at Russia’s other sharpshooter.
REPORTER: Ken Campbell | PRODUCER: Ted Cooper | PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Matt Krebs
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