I was reading about the 1994 Olympics, and it reminded me of how Petr Nedved played for both Canada and the Czech Republic at points in his career. I'm wondering, who else has played for more than one country in international tournaments?
Bryan Trottier played for Canada and then for the US in the Canada Cup, as some kind of favor to someone, cant remember who or why.
As I understand it, his Grandmother was full blooded Chippewa Indian, Bryan qualifying as Metis and as such received a North American Indian Card that fast tracked US Citizenship. He'd married an American, was playing for a US based team & living in the States, wanted to "give back" as it were & so he opted to play for the US.
Evgeni Nabokov was the first player allowed to switch countries in official IIHF tournaments.
Players who switched countries before him did so in exhibition tournaments like the Canada Cup where you don't even need to be a citizen of the country you represent (see Zubrus who played for Russia).
Unless I'm missing someone (and I might very well be) Nabokov and Zubrus are the only 2 former Soviet players worth a mention, I don't see how playing for the USSR and then Russia is switching countries.
After having played for Canada at the WJC, Jason Holland played for Germany at the Worlds in 2008, but was banned after 2 games as it was found he wasn't eligible yet.
Sweden's victory was a controversial one. The Germans had beaten both Canada and Finland when it was revealed that forward Miroslav Sikora had played for the Polish junior team in 1977. He was suspended and the IIHF stripped West Germany of their two wins. The Germans took the matter to court, stating that they had been granted permission. Though Sikora remained suspended, the IIHF reinstated the two victories. If the courts had not intervened, Finland would have replaced Sweden in the medal round. Additionally, the Swedes earned the Gold over the Soviets by goal differential when the Soviets had gone undefeated and the Swedes had lost three preliminary round games. This led to further discussion of a change of format. The IIHF's account of the finale states that, "Sweden won thanks to an inflated score against Canada," however Sweden only needed to win by two (the same margin that the Czechs beat Canada by) for the Gold. In reality the Soviets had to come from behind to capture Silver and deprive the Czechs of the Gold, and the Swedes winning by more than two ensured that the Czechs could not play to a tie and capture Gold.
I loved Stastny and loved that he adopted Canada, but it did always bug me that his inclusion on the 84 team cost Denis Savard a spot on the team. I don't think Savard ever did get to play on one of those CC teams.
Irbe and Ozolinsh played for USSR and Latvia, IIRC. Khristich played for USSR and Ukraine.
Zholtok for USSR and Latvia
Balderis for USSR and Latvia
Alexander Kerch for USSR and Latvia
Alexandrov for USSR and Kazakhstan
Valeri Shyriaiev for USSR and Ukraine
Alexander Galchenyuk sr. for USSR and Belarus