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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Fasel stopped short of dropping to his knees and pleading with Bettman to make sure NHL players are in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, but he didn’t stop short by a lot. He suggested the NHL can lose its All-Star break to create more time to send players to Sochi and said continuing to send players would enhance the game’s growth.
“The effort to shut down for two weeks and play here is worth it,” Fasel told reporters at a news conference while Bettman, sitting to his right, grew increasingly red-faced. “For our game, our fans, Gary, we need you.”
Bettman, the red spots in his cheeks fairly blazing by now, smiled. “It’s nice to be needed,” he said, though his tone didn’t match his words.
Pucks drops at 3:00pm ET on USA Network and it looks like mens curling will be finished by that time.
Enjoy the game and any final score predictions?
added 2:50pm, Well, curling goes into OT (11 End). Will it end in time?
added 2:53pm, USA Network just announced, they will send us to USA/Norway as soon as the curling ends.
from Ted Leonis of Ted’s Take,
The NHL has provided more than $ 2 BILLION of committed contracts in terms of players to the Olympics. The Capitals have provided in our six players more than $ 200 million worth of talent as well, I believe. And in payment back we received two free tickets to each game, per team. Seems like a fair exchange huh?
And we aren’t allowed to do any press work on site or media streaming in any way or use the Olympic logos or see our players or park at the arena and on and on. I bet I am violating some rules in blogging about the Olympics as I am not paying a penny to do so. I didn’t ask for permission or credentials either.
I love the Olympics but we don’t have a fair exchange of value that is for sure.
As far as I can tell the Olympic Committee is more important than governments, leagues, police forces, individual teams, athletes and even religions. They rule! They are in total control. The floggings will continue until morale improves around here!
Dustin Brown of the LA Kings and Team USA takes us inside Vancouver.
If I didn’t know better, I could have easily thought Dustin was a snowboarder or a kid sitting in his bedroom.
I am getting old…
Will the USA, Canada and Russia improve their record to 2-0 with victories today?
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
If only the Washington Capitals’ crack PR staff had been assigned to Ovechkin and the Russian national team. We’re pretty sure there wouldn’t be any carping. But it isn’t, and repeated requests for Ovechkin from the national media have fallen pretty much on deaf ears.
Now, the Olympics are a tricky business, between rights holders and who gets to stand where and who has to talk to whom first in the mixed zones (the penned areas where the media are held like much livestock—discuss amongst yourselves).
But the Russians, or Ovechkin himself, have decided to behave in a manner that is decidedly un-Olympic, speaking almost exclusively to the Russian media (we get that) and generally ignoring the rest of us (which we don’t).
Now, we’re not suggesting Ovechkin is Socrates on skates and we’re all the poorer for not knowing how he feels about the lines at the Hudson’s Bay Company or the ticket fiasco here or the food at the athletes’ village. But it shouldn’t be this big a hassle to get in front of a player who is arguably the best in the world playing in the world’s biggest tournament … should it?
from Dr. Michael Stuart of the Post-Bulletin,
The USA Men’s Olympic Hockey Team has developed a special relationship with our military and their families. Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home….
Each USA player has been adopted by a wounded warrior from their home town, university or NHL city. They were informed that “you are not just playing for your country, but for your warrior as well”. A personal package was provided containing a letter of encouragement and various other items, even bullets taken from the soldier’s bodies to be placed in the player’s locker.
Brian Burke (Team USA General Manager) summed it up by saying that “the real heroes in America don’t wear hockey uniforms, they wear camo”.
from Miro Cernetig of the Vancouver Sun,
The secret leaked that the Olympians might be coming to the restaurant. David Sidoo, the bistro’s owner who had arranged the dinner for the team, had to be vigilant for gatecrashers.
“Word somehow got out,” said Sidoo, waiting at the door as the team’s bus drove up. “We had people saying they’re with Team Canada security, people said they have reservations, all sorts of things to try and get in.”
I knew hockey players were pretty good dressers. I never dreamed they were such foodies.
“These guys, they wouldn’t even be here tonight unless it was going to be good,” said Babcock.
The players have been ensconced in the Olympic Village, eating the same meals as other athletes. Babcock says they haven’t been attending events or spending much time in public, fearing it might take time away from game preparation and their concentration.
“I felt like a soldier in Iraq for the first 20 minutes. Things were coming at me so fast from every direction. It’s different hockey. I’ve got to get used to it again.”
-Jaromir Jagr of Team Czech Republic after defeating Slovakia last night. More on the game and Jagr from John Dellapina at NHL.com.
It was the lure of more Olympic gold that prompted Forsberg to attempt a comeback and earn a place on the Swedish national team he has led for almost two decades.
“It’s definitely great to be back playing against the best players in the world,” a smiling Forsberg told reporters after Sweden opened the defense of its title on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Germany. “I feel ok, it’s a work in progress.
“I played in the Swedish league, maybe 20 games this year and I’m scoring better-and-better every game.
“But at this stage of my career I don’t think I’m ever going to be really healthy again so I’m just going to do my best and see how it goes.
“I don’t know what I’m doing here but I’m still battling. Anytime you get the chance to play in an Olympics it’s the best thing you can do.”
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