Stanley Cup or Gold Medal??

Hearing your national anthem play as your flag is raised to the banner. You can feel the hairs on your neck go up as you realize you are a part of a Gold Medal Olympic team.

The final buzzer goes off, fans are going insane, you hear the annoucement that your team has just won the Stanley Cup. You realize you are part of the best team in the NHL.

What is more important do you think. Would you rather be known for winning the Cup, or the Gold Medal?

Players have to think of all they can gain and all they can lose from the Olympics.

With a Stanley Cup, you recieve money, bonuses, a huge ring, fulfulling your childhood dream and more than likely a big gulp of beer out Lord Stanley’s mug.

With a Gold medal, you get national pride, a beautiful gold medal, and doing something that can only be done once every 4 years. But you can also recieve a career ending injury.

I can reason in my head why some players don’t want to go to the Olympics, but in my heart, all I can dream of is being able to put on the jersey and skate for my country to win the gold.

Whats your opinions and thoughts? Should you go, or stay, or should they be given the choice to choose?

22 Responses to Stanley Cup or Gold Medal??

  1. Neely4Life says:

    Gold medal only comes around once every 4 years. Cant get traded to a contender, cant sign on with a different nation. Gold Medal for sure. If your good enough to play on a National Team, then an NHL contender will defently be able to sign you, and you’ll have your shot at a cup ring.

  2. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I would rather have the Stanley Cup, if Canada doesn’t win the tournament, it’s a disgrace, so winning one with Canada really isn’t a big deal. Not to mention, I wanna play in the NHL, and I don’t believe in pro’s at the Olympics. I grew up dreaming of a cup, and until I was 10, the thought of trying to win gold didn’t even really occur to me… I’d much rather the Stanley Cup.

  3. Gretzkin says:

    Stanley Cup, no question for me.

    82 games on a team made up of the best that your GM could come up with, monetarily.

    Going through, taking the toll of an entire season and the playoffs.

    Especially when a team that you wouldn’t have pegged can make it far enough, on comradarie, effort, and just pure luck.

    Florida, Anaheim, Calgary, Tampa Bay…

    Winning a Gold Medal would be amazing, considering it’s playing for your country, and it only comes around every 4 years.

    But these Teams are stacked, and if you’ve been lucky enough to have the skill to make the an International team, you’ve got a great chance at winning the Gold.

    The predictions at the beginning of an Olympic tourney come up pretty much as guessed.

    But who could predict a Stanley Cup finalist?

    Some guys have played 18 years and never sipped out of the cup.

    It’s much more of an accomplishment to win the Cup, over the Gold medal.

    Besides, I’m from Canada, and the only amount of Pride in this Country that ever shows up, is during Sporting events.

    Pride in this country is about Gold medals in Hockey, and how awesome our Players are in the NHL.

    Canadians don’t really know the meaning of Pride towards our flag.

    We haven’t had a chance to learn, which is a good thing in it’s own right.

    Living in Canada is like living in a sheltered, protected suburb.

    Give me the Cup, keep your medal.

  4. avsfan6 says:

    gold medal hands down your winning it for your country(canada)with the cup its just your fans which is probably less than your country but dont get me wrong i would love to win the stanley cup also

  5. cippard says:

    Stanley Cup hands down!

    NHL players shouldnt be in an “amateur sport competition”!

  6. wheresthesoda says:

    The Cup, im just a fan and i want my team to win it, but to play for my team and have a chance to win it, its all i dream about. Nothing is better than the cup, it takes an entire year to earn, not just a mini tournament

  7. wingerxxx says:

    I’m inclined to go with the grail. I think that a great achievement would be to win both awards in one year though. They’re both huge honors.

  8. hockeybandit says:

    Stanley Cup, it’s way tougher to get than a gold medal unless your from one of the weeker european countries.

  9. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I think the Stanley Cup would mean more to me. At the Olympics, all of the contending teams are filled with allstar players, and play a couple week long tournament to get to the gold. Where as with the Stanley Cup, it usually takes a few years of adding pieces to your team, teamwork, chemistry, hard-work, and dedication. They play 80+ games a season, and then have to win four best of 7 series. It’s definitely more of an accomplishment to win a Stanley Cup.

  10. paul_dc10 says:

    i think gold metal, first of all most fans across the nation. But also the reason they did let nhls play because before the olympics wernt getting the best players and thats what the olympics are for isnt it

  11. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    No, it’s a celebration of amateur sports.

  12. paul_dc10 says:

    edmonton sucks

  13. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I know you’re prolly just being a dick, but Edmonton certainly does not suck. Ryan Smyth is arguabley the most under rated player in the league, Mike Morrison is having a phenomenal year, Pronger is well… Pronger… Staios, Horcoff, and Stoll are all having breakout years, and Peca will always be a terriffic grinder. A team that sucks doesn’t hold a playoff spot. Neither Montreal or Toronto really sucks and by the looks of it, one of them will miss the playoffs.

  14. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    gold medal so your country can be known as “the best”. and btw how many career ending injuries have happened at the olympics?

  15. avsfan6 says:

    isnt the olympics the best in the world?????? and does that mean the gymnysts in hte best compititions shouldnt be in it and the figure skaters with the best rep shouldnt be in it??

  16. Flyer_Dman says:

    It takes a whole lot more to win a cup.

    But at the same time a gold medal is a helluva thing to have. I don’t blame the players for playing. I think all the players that can play should play…except of course for any Flyers. We can’t shake that injury bug.

    Rathje just went down with a groin injury…making this Forsberg, Nedved, Radiviovic, Johnson, Desjardins, Therien, Primeau, and Rathje now all down with injuries. This is ridiculous. As I write this Ryder just scored to have the Habs go up 3-0 over the Flyers. This is getting really frustrating to watch…it’s like watching a JV team.

  17. jody200411 says:

    Lets just put it this way…..

    I would much rather see Saku Koivu hoisting the Stanley Cup than to see the Canadian flag get raised in Italy.

    Even though I’ll be cheering on Canada from Day 1, A gold medal would not mean so much as the Habs winning a cup. Not to mention, Canada are the favorites anyway.

  18. monley89 says:

    dude good post, it was small and sweet, wasnt long but you wrote the perfect comments and scenarios, this is quite the debate as to what people will do, good work keep it up (Y)

  19. bingob0813 says:

    The career ending injury is a possiblility that could happen, leaving a player without his means of making money (that they need any more). Also the Olympics brought an end to Tommy Salo’s career.

  20. bingob0813 says:

    Thanks a lot. Hopefully I will get some free time to be able to do larger articles.

  21. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Dude… Um… It’s a celebration of amateur sports… there’s a reason it’s not called the Prolympics.

  22. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    actuallt toronto does suck theyve sucked for the last 39 years

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