Malone wins Vancouver silver
Monday, March 1, 2010
Former Husky hockey player Ryan Malone earned a silver medal playing wing for the U.S. Men's Hockey team at the Vancouver Olympics Feb. 28.
Malone recorded three goals and two assists in six games, including the opening goal in the 6-1 semi-final win Feb. 26 against Finland.
He helped Team USA finish 5-1 in Vancouver, losing 3-2 in overtime to Canada in the gold-medal game at the close of the Olympics Sunday.
Malone said the final was an even game decided by a "great play by two great players."'
Jarome Iginla and Sidney Crosby collaborated
on the winning goal with Crosby beating USA goalie Ryan Miller on a
quick wrist shot.
Malone said he might appreciate the silver medal
after his career is over. "But right now we know we came for the gold
and we are disappointed," he said.
Malone, 30, wore a Husky sweater from 1999 through 2003, playing on St. Cloud State's 2000-01 team that won the Broadmoor Trophy.
The game was the highest-rated hockey telecast in the U.S. in 30 years and was viewed in its entirety by half the Canadian population.
A resident of Plymouth, Minn., Malone plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Malone, who has 21 goals and 23 assists for the Lightning, returned to NHL action March 2, notching an assist in a 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
View the Team USA statistics (PDF).
Portions of this story from a 2/28/10 USATODAY report.