Oral history of 2010 gold-medal game

"Right from day one, everyone was picking us to finish like sixth and seventh and eighth, and I think Brian Burke, he's the one that realistically just pounded it into our heads that it was a realistic goal -- winning a gold medal.

"Just like when the regular season ends here, if you don't win the Cup, obviously you're so disappointed, but take a step back like a month or two after in the summer and then you kind of appreciate some of the things you accomplished. I think it was the same deal there."

David Backes: "The end is the end. You think of all the opportunities during that game -- that was not one you'd pick to win a gold medal for them. But that's history."

Ken Hitchcock: "There's mostly, 'What do you do?' You're up in the booth. First time for me. What do you do? You're in there and the team is going crazy on the ice and you're in an elevator, stuck with a bunch of other crazies going crazy in the elevator. You're trying to go floor to floor down, which is almost impossible, to get on to the bench to get on to the ice. It took forever. It was 20 minutes before we got to the bench."

Patrice Bergeron, Team Canada: "When Sid scored that goal, everything happened so fast. We had the medal ceremony right away; it was just a great feeling. You're back to feeling like a little kid, just lots of emotions going through your body."

Zach Parise: "They just walk by and give them to you. Call your name. It's kind of the hockey-player mentality. It's first place or you don't care. For us, we were just devastated to get the silver medal. As the time goes on, you appreciate it more. At the time, you don't even want the thing, you're so disappointed that we lost the game."

Rick Nash: "I kept it around my neck the whole night. No, not the whole night, not when I went to bed."

Mike Babcock: "And as much as everyone talks about Sid's goal, that's not what I'm going to remember the most. What I remember is standing there with our guys singing the national anthem and sharing it all with a great, hockey-hungry nation. What an opportunity. I had a picture of the world junior team [which Babcock coached] doing the same thing, standing there singing the national anthem in '97. Now I have a picture of the Olympic team doing the same thing. That was my vision, or my goal, the picture I had in my mind. When it came through, it was something for the ages, I believe."

Bill McCreary: "After the game in our dressing room, Rene Fasel [head of the IIHF] dropped by and shared a beverage with us. He said he wanted to thank us for the officiating throughout the entire tournament. He said he didn't have one complaint from one team in the entire tournament. That's pretty rewarding, when the guy in charge tells you that. He was really, really pleased.

"It was a tremendous moment to share. Share with your teammates: the three fellows who worked with you."

Patrick Kane: "I guess it was tough the way it ended, but looking back on it now, it was great for hockey, great for the game, great for the growth of the game. I can remember standing in line there to get my medal and kind of looking around. Our team was pretty quiet. We were just looking up in the crowd. You see grown men hugging each other, crying. The crowd was going crazy. It was almost to that point like, 'Oh, this is pretty cool, too.'"

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