Not sure if this belongs in the history thread but....
Who do you consider to be your best all time team representing your country.
For the U.S. I think it has to be the 96 W.C. team. A center core that consisted of Modano, LaFontaine, Weight, Otto and Rolston. LeClair, Tkachuk, Guerin and Hull on the wings plus a D core featuring the likes of Suter, Chelios, Housley and Leetch....all backstopped by Richter, the U.S. never before or since had such a plethora of talent.
For the Soviet Union/Russia, would it be the 1981 team? For Canada, would it be the 76, 87 or 2010 team?
For Germany I am pretty sure it's the 1976 team that won the bronze medal in Innsbruck.
Erich Kühnhackl, Alois Schloder, Udo Kießling, Franz Reindl, Ernst Köpf and Lorenz Funk are some of the best German players of all time, and the Coach Xaver Unsinn does not only have one of the greates names ever (his last name translates as "nonsense"), but he is an absolute legend amongst German hockey coaches.
For Finland it's 2006 Olympic team or 2004 world cup team.
On paper 04 team is better but the 2006 team played the best hockey i have seen our National team play.
2004 team doesn't even come close to the 2006 team. Practically the whole first line was at 50% health. I'd go even as far as say the 1994 World Championship team. Very good roster and very effective. If only the ref hadn't missed that tripping by Brindamour on Kurri...