How Many Gold Medals Does Usa Have In Hockey? [Ultimate Guide!]

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The United States of America is considered to be one of the greatest hockey countries in the world, not only because of the rich history of the sport, but also due to the large number of world-class players that the country produces. Canada and Russia have also traditionally been viewed as the two superpowers of the sport, with each boasting an extensive history of medal-winning success at the Olympic level.

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was recently established in San Jose, California with the express purpose of preserving the rich history of the sport in North America. The hall is made up of all the hockey players, coaches, and contributors that have made significant contributions to the game in the United States, as well as Canada and Mexico which are also part of the union. The museum will house items that represent different periods in the sport’s history, alongside with significant personal stories from the contributors that are featured on display.

The museum will also be the home of the country’s finest hockey equipment including the Stanley Cup, the most prestigious prize in all of hockey, and the newest addition to the museum is the Vincent DeGroff Collection, which consists of over 100 original pieces of artwork that are associated with the sport.

Notable USA Hockey Medal Winners (Hockey Hall of Fame)

The following is a list of some of the most notable medal winners from the United States of America in hockey. The winners are listed in alphabetical order:

ALEXANDRE BURE (CANADA)

Bure won the Stanley Cup three times with the Montreal Canadiens and is a member of both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. At the age of 17, Bure became the youngest ever player to participate in a professional hockey game when he broke into the NHL in 1959. The legendary player went on to play 22 seasons in the league, scoring 587 goals and earning 730 assists for 1309 points. He also suited up for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, which the country won. Bure’s iconic number 8 was retired by the NHL in 1989, the same year that he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

DANA CARNEY (CANADA)

Carney is best known for winning the first of three consecutive Stanley Cup championships with the Edmonton Oilers in 1987, 1988, and 1989. The country’s 12 all-time greatest hockey players, known as the Twelve Apostles, were teammates of Carney’s on the team that won the cup in 1986. After his playing career, Carney became an assistant coach for the Oilers and then the New York Rangers. In 1996, he became the first-ever president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, a position he held for 16 years. He also served as head coach of the Canadian men’s national team at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics and during the 2007 and 2009 World Championships. Since retiring from the game, Carney has worked as an assistant general manager for the Rangers, an assistant coach at Syracuse University, and a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers.

RICHARD RIDDER (USA)

Ridder won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 1990, which made him one of the few players to achieve the “Triple Crown” in hockey, having also won the league and cup championships with the Wings. The country’s leading scorer in the 1980s, Ridder played 17 seasons in the NHL, registering 418 goals and 643 assists for 1051 points. He became the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks in 2006, leading the team to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons. However, the team could not advance past the first round in either of those years and Ridder stepped down as head coach after the 2007–08 season.

RON SMITH (CANADA)

One of the most accomplished players of the 20th century, Smith won the Stanley Cup with five teams, two of which were in Detroit. The Hockey Hall of Fame inductee played on four straight championship teams, beginning with the Red Wings in 1935 and continuing with the Maple Leafs in 1942, the Blackhawks in 1943, and the last team he played for, the Boston Bruins, in 1950. He also earned six all-star selections throughout his career, scored 530 goals, and assisted on 627 during his 22 years in the NHL. In 1970, Smith was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was Canada’s head coach at the 1966 and 1967 World Games and the 1962 and 1964 Olympics. In 1975, he became the first-ever president of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

WALTER SHIELDS (USA)

Another member of the famous Four Horsemen of Hockey Team USA, Shields won five Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The defenseman was named to the NHL’s All-Century team in 1999 and in 2008 he was enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame. After playing for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings in the early 1970s, Shields went on to have a Hall of Fame career, amassing 752 games played and winning four more Stanley Cups with the Kings in 1984, 1985, 1989, and 1990. He took a year off from hockey in 1995, after playing for the U.S. military in Germany for the previous 15 years. Since retiring from the NHL, Shields has worked as a scout for the Colorado Avalanche and a consultant for the St. Louis Blues. In 2011, he joined the Board of Directors for the NHL.

PATRICIA WALSH (CANADA)

One of only four players to win the Stanley Cup as a member of both the Red Wings and the Blackhawks, Walsh was named MVP of the 1975 World Cup of Hockey. The all-time leading scorer in international competition, Walsh played on four straight championship teams, beginning with the Red Wings in 1964 and continuing with the Blackhawks in 1966, 1967, and 1968. Walsh also won an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. In 1968, she became the first-ever women’s hockey player to be drafted by a professional team when she was selected 12th overall by the Minnesota North Stars. She went on to play seven seasons for the North Stars before finishing her career with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975. In 1977, Walsh was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Since then, she has worked for the IIHF and in the NHL front office. In 2000, she was named a general manager of the year by the NHLPA. She has also worked as a GM of a women’s National Team and is currently involved with a women’s professional franchise, the Buffalo Beauts.

GEORGE GRALEWSKI (USA)

A member of the 1950s “Famous Five” line that also included Bill Durnan, Elmore Ross, and Charlie Hanson, Gralewski won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, the last three in a row from 1955 to 1957. In 1959, he became the first-ever captain of a U.S. Olympic team which won a bronze medal at the Squaw Valley Games. In 1960, Gralewski was named MVP of the Squaw Valley games. The legendary player went on to play 11 more seasons in the NHL, becoming the second-most prolific scorer in league history with 462 goals and 471 assists for 943 points. Gralewski was also behind the bench for two seasons, working for the New York Rangers as an assistant coach in 1967 and then for the Detroit Cougars of the WHA in 1968 as the team’s head coach. After retiring from hockey, Gralewski worked as a pro scout for the Montreal Canadiens and for the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

BILL DAURAN (CANADA)

A member of the 1940s “Production Line,” Dauran won five Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs and had a long career as a coach and scout, working for the Canadiens, Blue Jays, and the WHA’s Quebec Nordiques before retiring in 1981. Since then, he has worked as a commentator for CBC and TVA, and for the IIHF. In 1994, Dauran was named to the IIHF’s All-Century team. He was also a member of the 1963 Canadian Olympic team, which won a gold medal.

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