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Zach Parise, who skates for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils - and ironically the son of J.P. Parise, who played for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union that is revered north of the border - also made a name for himself, scoring four goals and eight points in six games, not to mention the game-winning goals against Switzerland and Finland in the medal round. Parise also scored a memorable goal with :24.4 left in the gold-medal game to force overtime, and nearly helped the U.S. author a tremendous upset.

But despite not having the star power as teams like the Russians or Swedes - two teams who didn’t even make it to the podium - the U.S. plan worked to near-perfection, as the team was able to play well, only trailing in the gold-medal game and able to erase a 2-0 deficit in that contest.

So while the U.S. players headed back to their NHL clubs amidst a city deleriously celebrating their overtime loss, they can take solace that the once no-name team made quite an impression south of the border.

And, as 2002 silver medallist Chris Drury - who also had to watch Canada celebrate a gold medal at E Center in Salt Lake City eight years ago - simply summed it up to AP.

“No one knew our names,” he said. “People know our names now.”