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Canada’s team, coached by Marc Crawford, placed forth in the Olympic tournament. 
1998 was the first year that the modern NHL took a break to allow its players to participate in the Olympics, allowing the top countries to field teams with professionals of top calibre. Team Canada’s Olympic roster was selected by Bobby Clarke, who was then general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers. Eric Lindros was named captain over longtime leaders such as Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, and Ray Bourque. Rob Zamuner was a surprise pick, while Mark Messier and Scott Niedermayer were omitted.
Canada and the United States were heavily favoured; they had previously faced off in the final of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. The Canadian team, despite a strong start in the round robin, failed to win a medal, losing 3 - 2 to Finland in the bronze madal game.
1998 Winter Olympics rosterEdit
- Head coach: Marc Crawford
- Rob Blake - Los Angeles Kings
- Raymond Bourque- Boston Bruins
- Rod Brind'Amour- Philadelphia Flyers
- Martin Brodeur - New Jersey Devils
- Shayne Corson- Montreal Canadiens
- Eric Desjardins - Philadelphia Flyers
- Theo Fleury - Calgary Flames
- Adam Foote - Colorado Avalanche
- Wayne Gretzky (A) - New York Rangers
- Curtis Joseph - Edmonton Oilers
- Trevor Linden - New York Islanders
- Eric Lindros (C) - Philadelphia Flyers
- Al MacInnis - St. Louis Blues
- Joe Nieuwendyk - Dallas Stars
- Keith Primeau- Carolina Hurricanes
- Chris Pronger- St. Louis Blues
- Patrick Roy - Colorado Avalanche
- Joe Sakic - Colorado Avalanche
- Brendan Shanahan - Detroit Red Wings
- Scott Stevens (A) - New Jersey Devils
- Steve Yzerman (A) - Detroit Red Wings
- Rob Zamuner- Tampa Bay Lightning