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Russian doping scandal could endanger the Winter Games

By Stacy,

Who would want to be on the International Olympic Committee? When the NHL announced that it would not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, it dealt a cruel body blow, but now, the absence of one of the most significant nations in winter sports has to cast the viability of the event itself into doubt.

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Morning Line- Ilya Kovalchuk

"Going to the Olympics is a must. Refusal means surrender. We understand perfectly that the IOC decision is simply politics, and who it is directed against. [We] more or less knew there would be such a decision. But if the athletes go [to Pyeongchang] it will bring the country together. All clean athletes must go. We are athletes, we have nothing to do with politics. For us, it will be an important tournament, it won’t be different from any other.” 

“Patriotism and love for our country is in our hearts. There’s no need to shout about it, or even to carry the flag on our chest. God willing, we will manage to perform well and we will sing the anthem.”

“The Olympics is a significant event in ice hockey, in any case. I can’t say that we hold any sort of grudge. Rather, it’s a lack of understanding. After all, we are just athletes, who train every day, practice our craft and dream about representing our country. Yes, they took our flag and anthem, but not our honor and convictions! We know that we are Russians and represent the best country in the world. I believe our fans will supports us even more. We will try to do everything to justify their hopes.”

-Ilya Kovalchuk, RT.com has a bit more on this topic.

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss how Russia's Olympic ban could affect the hockey tournament in PyeongChang, why the KHL's decision to go or not go might affect the way Hockey Canada builds its Olympic team, the latest on the NHL's interest in Seattle, and the Hurricanes' future in Carolina.

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Russia Banned From The Winter Olympics

from Rebecca R. Ruiz and Tariq Panja of the New York Times,

Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound. Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show that Russia won zero medals.

That was the punishment issued Tuesday to the proud sports juggernaut that has long used the Olympics as a show of global force but was exposed for systematic doping in previously unfathomable ways.


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Video- Saturday Headlines

Topics discussed- the future of John Tavares, Wiliiam Nylander's next contract, the Edmonton Oilers, Jarome Iginla/Team Canada and Derek Dorsett's health.

via Sportsnet,


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

What would the ramifications be if the KHL doesn't let its players attend the upcoming Olympics? How has the Kings' success to start the year changed their mentality moving forward? Who's still in search of offence after missing out on Matt Duchene? The Insiders discuss these and more.

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The Russians And The Olympics

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Russia’s participation in the upcoming Pyeongchang hockey tournament is in question, according to well-placed sources, as the International Olympic Committee continues its ongoing doping investigation into athletes from that country.

Fears were raised in international hockey circles this week that a ban of all athletes from Russia could be forthcoming. Some IOC members and as many as 20 Western-based national anti-doping committees are believed to be pushing for it, according to sources....

What this means for February’s hockey tournament is unclear. A ban of all athletes from Russia would obviously preclude the country’s participation. There’s also been a suggestion that they may instead be forced to play under a neutral flag, and the Russians have indicated an unwillingness to even consider that possibility.

Amid the growing uncertainty, the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League went on the offensive Saturday by suggesting that it may withdraw all of its players from the Games – a decision that would keep several Canadians, Americans, Swedes and Finns from the tournament as well as the Russians.

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Team USA Hockey Jersey For The 2018 Olympics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey unveiled today the three Nike jerseys that its 2018 Olympic and Paralympic teams will wear during the upcoming Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, as part of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 100 Days Out celebration in Times Square.

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Morning Line- Craig Leipold On The NHL Participating In The 2022 Olympic Games

“Maybe the Olympics in China will be different,. We have to look at what the value of an Olympics does for our brand. You know, as an example, if this was in Vancouver again, I’m sure we’d be going because it makes a lot of sense. You know, for us to shut down our league, and take the risk of our players to go over there, there has to be value for our business for that to happen.”

-Craig Leipold, owner of the Minnesota Wild via Dan Mizutani of the Pioneer Press.

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What About The 2022 Winter Olympics?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

If you missed it, Daly offered an interesting answer when he was asked about the NHL’s involvement in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

“I think it’s early to make that call,” he answered. “Certainly, Beijing raises a lot of the same challenges as South Korea. But I also think, on the upside, in terms of the opportunities that might be available for hockey and for us, it might result in a different equation.”

Translation: After rejecting South Korea, the NHL will be in Beijing because the Olympics are king in China. To spurn the Beijing Games would be an insult to the country, specifically its government, and the NHL needs the government’s support if it wants to succeed here.

The more interesting question concerns the league’s fractured relationship with the IIHF. The international governing body has said the NHL’s participation in Beijing is contingent on its participation in the 2018 South Korea games. It’s also unlikely the IIHF will pick up travel and insurance costs for the NHL, which was a major stumbling block for PyeongChang.

That means another painful four years of bickering between Gary Bettman and Rene Fasel and the drip, drip, drip of more negotiations. 


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