The Olympic hockey player on his favorite games and what it was like to score the final goal in the USA-Canada Olympic match.
by John Gaudiosi
For the Miracle on Ice in 1980, the big game for Team USA wasn’t the gold medal competition against Finland. It was the match-up between the United States, on home ice in Lake Placid, and the unbeatable Russian hockey force. In this year's Olympics, Team USA was the underdog against Team Canada, who was playing with NHL all-stars like Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby, and Joe Thornton on home ice. Ryan Kesler, an American player who is used to playing at GM Place as a Vancouver Canuck, ended up notching the pivotal goal to lead Team USA to a 5-3 victory in front of a stunned crowd donned in red Canadian jerseys.
Before leading the undefeated Team USA into the next round of Olympic hockey on its quest for gold, Kesler took some time to talk about his love of videogames and his own place in hockey videogame history. Last year, Kesler joined Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to provide motion-capture for 2K Sports NHL 2K10 game outside on the Strip. Kesler talks about the Miracle in Vancouver, skating on the synthetic ice and what role videogames play in the NHL today in this exclusive interview.
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