GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes had three players win medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Mike Smith won the gold medal with Canada; Oliver Ekman-Larsson captured silver with Sweden; and Lauri Korpikoski won bronze with Finland. The Coyotes' three medal winners are their most in Phoenix history and second-most in franchise history.
3TV's Tess Rafols talked to the trio about their experiences and their new hardware. The guys even were gracious enough to let her try on their medals, draping them one by one around her neck so she was decked out in gold, silver in bronze.
Smith became the first Coyote to win an Olympic gold medal. The 31-year-old native of Kingston, Ontario was also the first goaltender in franchise history to represent Canada at the Winter Olympics.
"It's unbelievable," Smith told Rafols Wednesday morning. "It was obviously a unique experience going to Sochi, Russia, and competing in the Olympics. Obviously to win a medal and to bring it back to Phoenix is an unbelievable feeling."
Ekman-Larsson finished his first Olympics with 0-3-3 and a plus-four rating in six games for Sweden. The 22-year-old Karlskrona, Sweden native skated in 7:19 and took nine shifts in the gold medal game against Canada. Ekman-Larsson is the second player in franchise history to win an Olympic silver medal and the first since 1988.
Korpikoski, who was also participating in his first Olympics, registered 2-2-4 with a plus-three rating in six games for Finland. The 27-year-old Turku, Finland native recorded 0-2-2 to help Finland defeat the United States, 5-0, in the bronze medal game.