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Vancouver (AFP) - Steve Yzerman doesn't need to be reminded what an arduous journey it is for the host country at an Olympic Games to try and win the hockey gold.
The Team Canada general manager is reminded of it every day since he's arrived in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
It has happened only twice before and both times by the Americans in Squaw Valley 1960 and Lake Placid 1980. Canada is trying to become the first host nation to win gold since that US Miracle On Ice victory.
"Our hopes are for gold as they are for several other countries," Yzerman said Saturday.