Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/07/06 at 02:40 PM ET
Alexei Kovalev earned his pilot's licence in 1998, but the Togliatti native has also experienced the pain of having his Olympic gold medal hopes shot down twice since that year. Lucas Aykroyd caught up with Kovalev recently to discuss the 32-year-old Montreal Canadien's high-flying ways. IIHF.com: You surprised some people by deciding to sign a long-term deal with Montreal. Why did you make that decision? Alexei Kovalev: It was simple. They were the only team that was interested, and that's why I signed. I can't really shop around if nobody's giving me anything. It's not my decision.read on...discusses Russia's chances in the Olympics... update 12:12pm, Another Q & A from the IIHF, this time Andrew Podnieks, IIHF.com Olympic writer answers them-
How will USA coach Peter Laviolette take a series of negatives and turn them into positives? Coach Peter Laviolette has taken his Carolina Hurricanes to first place in the NHL, thanks in large part to his star players playing like star players but thanks also to his own successful methods. He’ll need all his powers in Torino. The USA will be captained by a 44-year-old defenceman (Chris Chelios). The team lacks experience in goal and has too many young players to be a serious contender, but just maybe Laviolette will find a way to turn these negatives into positives and surprise the many critics who see his team not going very far in the tournament.more
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