Demitra Is Da Man In Vancouver

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Veteran international PAVOL DEMITRA (38) of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks enjoyed a splendid Winter Olympic Games for the national team of Slovakia, indeed. Demitra’s personal highlight was, perhaps, the game-winner in the round-robin shootout victory versus Russia.(Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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Slovakia’s PAVOL DEMITRA finished as the top point scorer at the ice hockey tournament of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and takes his place on the honor roll of all-time leaders : 

  • 2010 —   3 go   7 as – 10 pts — Pavol DEMITRA — Slovakia
  • 2006 —   6 go   5 as – 11 pts — Teemu SELANNE — Finland
  • 2002 —   5 go   4 as -    9 pts — Mats SUNDIN — Sweden
  • 1998 —   4 go   6 as – 10 pts — Teemu SELANNE — Finland
  • 1994 —   3 go   7 as – 10 pts — Zigmund PALFFY — Slovakia
  • 1992 —   6 go   9 as – 15 pts — Joe JUNEAU — Canada
  • 1988 —   6 go   9 as – 15 pts — Vladimir KRUTOV — Soviet Union
  • 1984 —   8 go   6 as – 14 pts — Erich KUEHNHACKL — West Germany
  • 1980 —   7 go   8 as – 15 pts — Milan NOVY — Czechoslovakia
  • 1976 —   6 go   4 as – 10 pts — Vladimir SHADRIN — Soviet Union
  • 1972 —   9 go   6 as – 15 pts — Valery KHARLAMOV — Soviet Union
  • 1968 — 12 go   4 as – 16 pts — Anatoli FIRSOV — Soviet Union
  • 1964 —   8 go   3 as – 11 pts — Sven “Tumba” JOHANSSON — Sweden
  • 1960 —   9 go 12 as – 21 pts — Fred ECHTER — Canada
  • 1956 —   5 go   7 as – 12 pts — Paul KNOX, Jim LOGAN — Canada

Demitra, who plays in the National Hockey League for the Vancouver Canucks, is the first player in history to accomplish the unique feat of topping the Olympic tournment scoring chart in the same city where he plays his professional hockey.

Oddly enough, the health of the 35-year-old veteran was a huge concern leading into the 2010 Winter Olympics. A 300-plus goal-scorer for his career in the NHL, Demitra played just 11 games for the Vancouver Canucks after missing most of the 2009-10 season rehabilitating from a serious shoulder injury. In that time the Slovak international had managed just one goal and four points for the Canucks, as well.

Demitra, however, found both fitness and form just in the nick of time for the Slovakia national team and, in the end, registered his name in the Olympic history books at the Vancouver Games for all eternity.

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