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Fleming big reason Canada won gold in Salt Lake

Wayne Fleming. SUN file photo.

Wayne Fleming. SUN file photo.

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:02 AM ET

While Canada's gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake Games was far from being a Miracle on Ice, Ken Hitchcock suggests it may not have been possible without Wayne Fleming performing a few miracles of his own.

As the only coach on the four-man staff who wasn't employed full-time in the NHL leading up to the Olympic tourney, Fleming was tasked with being the one who pulled all of Hockey Canada's vast resources together to make all the moving pieces fit together tourney-time.

"I think he was the glue for everything, because he did things for the team and the players leading up to the Olympics that no one knows," said the St. Louis Blues coach of one of his closest pals.


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