Four years ago this week, Jeff Carter suited up for the Flyers on a Saturday night in Montreal and then hopped a plane the next morning to Vancouver.

Hockey Canada flew him there at the last minute, as an Olympic team injury replacement in case Ryan Getzlaf’s ankle did not heal in time. Getzlaf ultimately was able to play.

Carter, then 25, watched Canada dismantle Norway in his country’s first game of the tournament and packed his bags to leave town. He was agonizingly close to capturing a gold medal in perhaps the finest hour of Canada’s history in the sport it invented.

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