Peter Stastny returns to Games as hockey dad

February, 20, 2010
02/20/10
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- He has been to the Olympics as a player for two different nations. He's been to the Olympics as a team organizer for his native Slovakia. But nothing beats the Olympics as a dad, says Peter Stastny.

"It's sweet, very, very sweet," Stastny told ESPN.com on Saturday.

Stastny's son, Paul, centers the top offensive line for the United States, as the Americans take a 2-0 record into their final preliminary-round game against host Canada on Sunday.

Peter played in the 1980 Olympics for Czechoslovakia and again in 1994 for his native Slovakia. He was also the head of the Slovak hockey team for a number of international events, including the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 and 2006 Olympics in Italy. He said Saturday this is by far the best Olympic hockey tournament of all time. The Hall of Famer cited the enthusiastic Canadian crowds, competitive games and incredible buzz around the city for the Games as a whole.

As for a prediction for Sunday's eagerly anticipated matchup between Canada and his son's U.S. squad, Stastny said he is hoping for an outcome that would allow the Americans to earn a bye to the quarterfinals.

But the member of the European Parliament for Slovakia also said he was hoping for a good, competitive game.

Consider it done.

Scott Burnside

ESPN Senior Writer

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