February 27, 2010

VANCOUVER (Feb. 27, 2010) - On Sunday, February 28, Canada and the U.S. will meet for the second time in eight years in the men's Olympic hockey final. The puck drops at 3:15 p.m. ET. Here's a closer look at the opponents -- a game which features the NHL's brightest stars on the world's largest hockey stage.

The game will also feature two of the NHL's top goaltenders.

• The average age of both rosters combined (27.5 -- Canada 28.0, USA 27.0) is younger than that of the NHL League-wide (27.6).

• 70% of the players on both rosters are under 30 (32 of 46).

• 90% of the players on both rosters are under 35 (41 of 46).

• There are eight players aged 23 and under (Drew Doughty, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Erik Johnson, Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby, Bobby Ryan, Jack Johnson), all of whom were picked among the top five their respective draft years (Crosby-Ryan-J. Johnson went 1-2-3 in 2005; E. Johnson, Toews and Kessel went 1-3-5 in 2006; Kane went 1st in 2007 and Doughty went 2nd in 2008).

• Only one player on the Team USA roster ranks among the top 50 U.S.-born players for career NHL games (captain Jamie Langenbrunner is 37th with 945).

• There are only three Team USA players among the top 150 U.S.-born players for career NHL games (Langenbrunner, Chris Drury, Brian Rafalski).

• The average age of the gold medal finalists from the USA and Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City was 31.55 (USA 31.7, Canada 31.4).

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