Which team is a dark horse in Olympic hockey tournament?

Which team is a dark horse in Olympic hockey tournament?
February 8, 2014, 12:45 am
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Jonathan Toews and Team Canada? The defending gold medalists. Patrick Kane and Team U.S.A.? The defending silver medalists.

To see those teams in the final stages of this year's Olympic hockey tournament wouldn't come as much of a surprise.

But which team could be the dark horse in Sochi?

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CSN Blackhawks analyst Steve Konroyd took a stab at that question and came up with the team of another Blackhawks star: Marian Hossa and Team Slovakia.

"Watch for Slovakia," Konroyd said on Blackhawks Postgame Live on Friday. "Of course, Marian Hossa is a part of that team. Zdeno Chara, big defenseman, he's going to be the captain of that team. Jaroslav Halak, the goaltender, has had an up-and-down year. This is what I like about that team, though: They've got 10 guys that are high-end talent. Marian Hossa — (Marion) Gaborik's not going, but guys like him. You've got 10 guys who are really work horses, real grinders out there. And I think that'll serve them very well."

Catch more of Konroyd's thoughts on the Olympics in the video above.