Posted by Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun

MONTREAL -- The one constant for the Canadian coaching staff over the past two Olympic Games has been Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock.

He roomed with assistant Jacques Martin at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games when the Canadians broke a 50-year Olympic gold-medal drought with a victory over the U.S. in the gold-medal game. Two years later, Hitchcock was also part of the staff when Canada won the World Cup of Hockey championship. He was back again in 2006, rooming with assistant coach Wayne Fleming, when the Canadians never made it to the medal round after losing to the Russians, a loss that prompted a firestorm of criticism about how the team was built and how it played.