The memories came flooding back the instant four Blackhawks were reminded where they were three years ago Thursday.

For Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane, playing for the gold medal of the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver on Feb. 28, 2010, was the experience of a lifetime.

"It's crazy that it has been three years since then already," said Jonathan Toews, who then jokingly added: "I still seem to be riding the wave from that."

Toews scored a goal that day for Canada as it defeated the United States 3-2 in overtime when Sidney Crosby found the back of the net in a game many consider the greatest hockey game ever played.

"It's a huge feat and huge honor," Toews said before the Hawks faced the Blues on Thursday night at Scottrade Center. "It was a great privilege to be a part of that team, especially in Canada at the Olympics. It was a pretty amazing experience."

Added defenseman Seabrook, who was Toews' teammate along with Keith: "It was definitely a cool moment in my life being able to be a part of something like that. It's one of those things I don't think a lot about now but when the career is over it's going to be pretty cool to have that and talk about that and remember that."

Kane's experience playing for the U.S. was no less memorable, even though the winger came out on the silver side.

"It was just such a fun event, especially in Canada — Vancouver — where everything seemed to be about that one sport, ice hockey, and that's the main one the Canadians wanted to win," Kane said. "The atmosphere was great. Even though we finished with the silver medal, you can look at it and say it was a great experience and something you'll never forget." - See more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0301-oly-blackhawks-chicago--20130301,0,2410624.story#sthash.uBXxBegi.dpuf