Canada opened play at the 2002 Olympics with a 5-2 loss to Sweden while wearing these heritage inspired red jerseys on February 15, 2002, and due to the loss, these beautiful jerseys were immediately branded as "bad luck" by the over-reacting Canadians and were never worn again, not even in a subsequent World Championships, a true shame to write off such an attractive jersey so quickly.
Following the opening game loss, Canada would squeak by a decidedly weaker German team 3-2 and then finish a poor third in Group C after a 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic, which had the entire nation up in arms.
Still, it was enough to advance to the single-elimination Final Round, where Canada outlasted Finland 2-1 and were handed a ticket to the gold medal game by drawing hockey minnows Belarus in the Semifinals following their version of the "Miracle on Ice" when they defeated Sweden 4-3 thanks to a goal from center ice that bounced in off the Swedish goaltender's head!
After dispatching Belarus 7-1, the now confident Canadians defeated the United States 5-2 to capture the gold medal in another highlight to Shanahan's storybook 2002, which later saw him hoist his third Stanley Cup.
Shanahan's international career began with the 1987 World Juniors, where Canada was infamously disqualified for their lengthy brawl with the Soviet Union. He then was a member of the championship winning 1991 Canada Cup team and found success again at the 1994 World Championships with a gold medal.
He also was a member of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team which placed second, as well as the 1998 Winter Olympic squad, the first to feature NHL players. After winning the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics, which made him a member of the Triple Gold Club (World Championship gold, Olympic gold and Stanley Cup championship), he concluded his international career at the 2006 World Championships, an event he was only able to participate in twice due to his frequent appearances in the Stanley Cup playoffs with the Red Wings each spring.
Today's video section begins with a well done tribute to Shanahan, which highlights various eras and aspects of his game.