We currently have 7 elite nations in hockey, namely: Canada Sweden Czech Republic Slovakia Russia USA Finland (listed according to the 2005 rankings). So the question is: which of the countries in the poll above will be the next to join the Elite group (ie consistenly contend for a medal) and why do you pick this nation? How far in the future will this be? Post your answer plus any reasons below. Optionally (and not the poll question): Which of the countries listed has the best opportunity to pull off an upset medal (like Belarus almost did in '02) Note: The countries are listed according to the current IIHF World Rankings.