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from Chris Johnston of the CP at CTVOlympics,
Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux shared a room on the eve of one of the most important games in Canadian hockey history.
There was no five-star resort for Team Canada at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and there won’t be at the Vancouver Games either.
Instead, the millionaire hockey players will be staying in the Olympic village alongside speedskaters, snowboarders and other athletes competing in Vancouver. The accommodations aren’t exactly spartan but they’re not quite as fancy as the places NHL teams typically call home on the road.
Ex-NHL star Sergey Zubov was outraged by the coaches’ decision to choose him as a substitute player for Russia’s Olympic hockey team, calling the move “a spit in the face”.
“The administrator of the national team has just called me and said that I am included in the list of substitutions for the Olympics. I actually did not know what to say. The situation surprised me a lot,” the 39-year-old told Sport-Express newspaper.
Zubov currently plays for SKA Saint Petersburg in the KHL, being the top-scoring defender in the regular championship.
“And earlier I was amazed and even offended by the words of the president of the Russian Hockey Federation, Vladislav Tretyak, and head coach of the national team Vyacheslav Bykov, who uttered in an interview: that in order to get to the national squad one must gnaw the ice, and that they would not take you for your previous merits,” the veteran stressed.
“All these statements have extremely disappointed me. This is humiliation of me as a personality and a sportsman. I do not owe anything to anyone and I have honestly earned my name in ice hockey. I am not 25 years old and have proved my high level with seventeen seasons in NHL. I am not going to prove anything anymore,” he added.
from Jonas Siegel of 640am,
Mike Komisarek’s availability for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics might be in jeopardy.
The 27-year-old defenseman is still sidelined from a mysterious upper-body injury (suspected shoulder) and while he might be ready to return on Saturday, his status for the United States Olympic team in Vancouver isn’t quite clear.
“[Tuesday] is three weeks to our first game,” Ron Wilson said of the American team. “If you take the one week away, he has I’d say a week to feel comfortable. If he’s not we’d have to make other plans for the Olympics.”
“I’m not going to put his career at risk. And we’re not going to risk his future with the Leafs for a two-week Olympic thing either.”
Alexei Kovalev, Alexander Frolov, Sergei Zubov and Nikolai Kulemin are going to the Olympic Games in Vancouver as substitutes for the Russian team.
It is not officially announced yet but according to Russian site infox.ru Kovalev, Frolov, Zubov and Kulemin have received the Olympics equipment as well as other players from the official Team Russia roster. It means they are going to the Olympics in the status of substitute players.
Overall Russia will have 9 substitute players, three from the NHL and six from the KHL.
from the CP at CBC,
The accomplishments of some Canadian athletes at the 2010 Winter Games may be overshadowed because of the attention on the men’s hockey team, a multiple Olympic medallist said Friday.
Senator Nancy Greene Raine, who won gold and silver medals at the 1968 Winter Olympics, said hockey is such a huge part of the Canadian culture it sometimes pushes other sports out of the picture.
“I always felt it was good to be a female athlete because you were never compared against the hockey superstars,” Greene Raine told a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Vancouver board of trade.
“There is no doubt in my mind a lot of great Canadian male amateur athletes, Olympic athletes, what they’ve done has not been properly recognized because they are not hockey players. That is something you have to live with as a Canadian.
Peter Forsberg’s Olympic participation may be in jeopardy.
The two-time Stanley Cup champion, who was named to the Swedish Olympic team last month suffered a setback this week in his rehab for injured ribs.
Forsberg, who has been playing for Modo of the Swedish Elite League, was expected to make a comeback on Thursday against Farjestad, however he left the ice half-way through Wednesday’s training session.
The team issued a statement saying that the 2003 Hart Trophy winner will not be playing this week or next.
I see that many people are worried because of my decline in productivity. But the season is long and everybody has slowdowns. Do not worry I will be in my best form by the Olympics and I hope I will not let my country down.
-Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Team Russia. More from Malkin at RussiaToday.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Nearly 30 years ago, Mike Eruzione captained the United States to a most unexpected Olympic gold medal.
In Vancouver next month, Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner will try to lead the U.S. to its first Olympic gold in men’s ice hockey since then.
As expected, Langenbrunner was named the captain of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team in a teleconference this afternoon. Devils left wing Zach Parise, ex-Devils Brian Rafalski, Nashville’s Ryan Suter and Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown will be the alternate captains.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
You might have heard. Our beloved Los Tiburones are sending more players to the Canadian team than any other NHL franchise. The top Sharks forward line of Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau will be joined by defenseman Dan Boyle.
What does that mean? It means that Saturday night, Babcock was sending out his Detroit players to fight and battle against the Sharks players who could be Babcock’s most key offensive performers in Vancouver.
And that had to be awkward.
“I don’t think there’s anything awkward about it,” Babcock said. “I don’t really understand where you’re going.”
Actually, in my head, I am going where Babcock will be going in a few weeks. Anxiety or intensity doesn’t begin to describe the destination.
In case you missed Coach’s Corner tonight on HNIC, here it is.
Most of the conversation centered around Phil Kessel & the WJC and why Canada is still #1 in Don’s mind.
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