In 2002, Joe Sakic and Jerome Iginla each scored twice as Canada defeated the United States, 5-2 to win the men’s ice hockey Olympic gold medal at Salt Lake City. The highly-anticipated game garnered a 10.7 rating on NBC and was seen by the largest network hockey audience in the U.S. in 22 years. The Canadian men’s ice hockey team walked away with their first goal in 50 years.
Sakic was named MVP of the tournament for his four goals and six assists. He became one of the first Canadian members of the Triple Gold Club, a milestone reached after winning an Olympic gold medal, a World Championship gold medal, and the Stanley Cup.