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Names and games to rejoice over in 2010

It's that time of year when we tend to look back for a moment and consider the past 12 months of the calendar. Here's the best of the best of the world of hockey in 2010.

It's that time of year when we tend to look back for a moment and consider the past 12 months of the calendar. Here's the best of the best of the world of hockey in 2010.

Best player: Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, who won a gold medal as part of Team Canada at the Olympics (and was named the top forward of the tournament), then captained the Chicago Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years (and was named play-off MVP in the process).

Best game: The high-speed Olympic gold medal final, which saw Team USA tie the game up with less than a minute remaining, only to have Sidney Crosby win it with a memorable goal for Canada - on home ice in Vancouver - in overtime.

Best story: The unexpected play-off run of the Montreal Canadiens, who upset regular-season champions Washington and defending Cup champions Pittsburgh before bowing out in the East final to Philadelphia.

Best moment: Crosby's Olympic overtime tally gives Canada a trinity of monumental goals, joining Paul Henderson's 1972 Summit Series winner and Mario Lemieux's 1987 Canada Cup clincher.

Best defenceman: Duncan Keith did it all for Chicago and Team Canada, including sacrificing seven teeth on the altar of Stanley during the Blackhawks' run to the Cup.

Best goalie: Ryan Miller, this nod's for you. The long-limbed Sabre captured the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top stopper, and was the driving force behind Team USA's Olympic run.