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Tired Or Not?

from the CP at TSN,

Hockey Canada has come out in defence of Sidney Crosby after the International Ice Hockey Federation included him in a swipe at players who declined invitations to attend the world hockey championship.

The IIHF posted a story titled “Saying No to Your Country” on its website Wednesday, claiming that players who chose not to participate were turning “their backs not only on the team and its fans but also to the system which developed them and made them rich and famous.” The story, written by IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg, names Crosby, Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Backstrom, among others.

“How can a player who is 22 or 25 or 27, and who was just eliminated from the playoffs be tired?” Szemberg wrote. “Tired is a miner who works in a damp pit in Miktivka, in the Donetz Plateau in Ukraine, who never sees daylight and who provides living for a family of five in a modest two-room apartment. That is tired.

“Tired is a divorced mother with two young kids who double shifts as a nurse assistant and cleaning lady to make ends meet.

continued and read the IIHF story here...

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Greg's avatar

Tired or not?

Mostly tired of articles that name Sidney Crosby with the intention to get more readers.  These IIHF guy could have named Iginla (who didn’t make the playoffs), Brendan Morrow (who didn’t make the playoffs) or any of the other Olympians who aren’t still playing.

Ryan Smyth had almost two weeks off before Sid was knocked out of the playoffs, so why not say yes.  He didn’t play in the Olympics either…

While I can understand the perception of a pro athlete saying they’re too tired, and then going to enjoy a 4month layoff, but still, its pretty transparent why they mentioned Crosby’s name in this article.

Posted by Greg on 05/19/10 at 05:13 PM ET

Randy from Butler PA's avatar

I want Sid resting until camp. He has played plenty of hockey the last 2 years. Let the other players who need international experience play.

Posted by Randy from Butler PA on 05/19/10 at 05:23 PM ET

Greg's avatar

Plus, after their performance at the Olympics, you know the Russian Federation has their players’ families hidden somewhere as ransom, so no wonder they’ve all decided to play against better judgement (Malkin/Gonch)...

Posted by Greg on 05/19/10 at 05:30 PM ET

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Ryan Smyth had almost two weeks off before Sid was knocked out of the playoffs, so why not say yes.  He didn’t play in the Olympics either…

Didn’t Smyth break his ankle or something playing in the WHC tournament?

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 05/19/10 at 05:38 PM ET

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“Tired is a miner who works in a damp pit in Miktivka, in the Donetz Plateau in Ukraine, who never sees daylight and who provides living for a family of five in a modest two-room apartment. That is tired.

“Tired is a divorced mother with two young kids who double shifts as a nurse assistant and cleaning lady to make ends meet.


So you can only be tired if you’re poor, right?

What a jackass.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/19/10 at 05:41 PM ET

Greg's avatar

@yzermanzetterberg - ya good point, he did.

Posted by Greg on 05/19/10 at 05:47 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

That’s the IIHF for you.  They lie about having the best interests of hockey, all over the world, at heart, and really only care about furthering European hockey and their various championships.  Szemberg’s a putz.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/19/10 at 06:04 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

**** Them Asses I want Sid Resting & I want Geno resting too!! Don’t know why the Hell he went over there to Play

Gonchar who the Hell Cares !! Pens aren’t going to resign him, So he isn’t Technically a Penguin anymore

Posted by Evilpens on 05/19/10 at 06:19 PM ET

Osrt's avatar

And George with the brief summary.

Teams will advise their players not to go because they are high end investments put at risk. Player agents will tell them the same thing. And their own financial common sense tells them not to participate, especially if they played in both the Olympics and playoffs because the risk of injury is much higher.

Tired? A 27 year old body will recover pretty quickly. But their minds will be fried from handling those high stress situations, especially playoff disappointment.

Kudos to those who are playing, including Datsyuk, Malkin and others. They’re going above and beyond.

Posted by Osrt on 05/19/10 at 06:24 PM ET

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I hope this guy never goes on vacation since typing isn’t that exhausting. The primary responsibility of all of these players is to their employer not a federation that is kept afloat by the free labor of the players.  What kind of idiot would go ahead and compare a guy that played 50 games to someone that carried a team to the Finals, Worlds and Olympics at 20 minutes per game ver the past two seasons?

As for USA Hockey etc, I donate and help foot the bill so please don’t feel free to speak for me when you feel the players owe the “federation” something. What he would like is obligatory participation in these events that generate revenue to line his own pockets and justify his own existence. Just a veiled socialist jab at these wealthy players and how they turn their backs on their downtrodden countrymen that look to them for hope. Next week will be his report on how bad nationalism and patriotism is and how there should be a unified European team to benefit the economically weaker nations.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/19/10 at 06:34 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

This guy is playing class warfare. For that he’s an azzhole!

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/19/10 at 06:53 PM ET

Greg's avatar

What he would like is obligatory participation in these events that generate revenue to line his own pockets and justify his own existence.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/19/10 at 04:34 PM ET

Exactly, they’re probably not drawing the numbers they expected, so he’s kind of jumped off the deep end on this….(not including the 70,000 to see Germany beat the US of course….)

Posted by Greg on 05/19/10 at 07:08 PM ET

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As orst and hockey1919 suggest, the most ridiculous part of Szemberg’s argument is that he completely ignores the fact that players who, in Szemberg’s view, should theoretically “tough it out” and play through injuries for the sake of their respective national teams would jeopardize their hockey futures and employment with the teams which invest millions of dollars in them.

Tired is the player who’s been playing on a badly sprained knee ligament that’s in fact what a “bad sprain” is—partially torn—for nine months and is in pain from that, an assortment of serious bumps, bruises, and sprains elsewhere, and the mental and physical grind of working your ass off for nine months only to find that your hopes of reaching your ultimate goal were dashed, and is then asked to get on a plane and play more hockey for three weeks and deal with his injuries and fatigue and the concept of having to play more playoff hockey with the high likelihood that the result is disappointment and criticism from his countrymen and their press corps, a longer recovery period for any injuries, and the possibility of losing his livelihood for the sake of showing his gratefulness.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/19/10 at 08:19 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

This guy is playing class warfare. For that he’s an azzhole!

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/19/10 at 04:53 PM ET

Stop the presses! I agree with you 100%!!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/19/10 at 09:10 PM ET

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Yes, I’m tired of Sidney Crosby too.

Wait, what?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/19/10 at 09:47 PM ET

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Posted by George James Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/19/10 at 06:19 PM ET

Is that how you really feel George?

This guy is playing class warfare. For that he’s an azzhole!
Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/19/10 at 04:53 PM ET
Stop the presses! I agree with you 100%!!
Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste. Marie on 05/19/10 at 07:10 PM ET

Ouch. +2.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/20/10 at 12:48 AM ET

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Seriously, does ANYONE except Europeans even watch the World Championships? Stupid Russians are forcing all their good players to play just so they can win and say “See that, we ARE better than Canada! the Oly’s were a fluke.” But sadly, Canada is probably still going to win, even without some of their best players.

No one cares about the WC.

Posted by Kstewy16 on 05/20/10 at 12:17 PM ET

Moq's avatar

No one cares about the WC.

To justify the European stigmata, I do.

While the article fails in several aspects, eg. underestimating the rigours of the NHL playoffs, it’s more of a general complaint rather than dedicated Crosby bashing. The tournament may not seem important from a North American fan perspective, but Hockey Canada makes a lot of money on the U18 and U20 World Championships, and quite a few talents raised their draft value by participating. Expecting those players to play now if they’re not injured isn’t unreasonable.

Though I would prefer the best players to participate, I can understand why Crosby and others said no this time. I hope Hockey Canada among others will exercise more leverage next year when there’s no Olympic excuse.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 05/20/10 at 01:42 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Expecting those players to play now if they’re not injured isn’t unreasonable.

Though I would prefer the best players to participate, I can understand why Crosby and others said no this time.

You can’t have it both ways just because of your fandom. Frankly, the NHL is the priority, with the Olympics a very close second to most of the players playing the game. These World Championships are a distant third.

“Expecting” players to play after playing for 7 months is ludicrous. Hoping they’ll play is the best IIHF should hope for.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/20/10 at 01:59 PM ET

Moq's avatar

You can’t have it both ways just because of your fandom.

That’s faulty reading and disingenious quoting on your part. The second paragraph is an attempt to illustrate the IIHF angle, while the third paragraph is my personal opinion on the issue.

Responding is fine, but don’t be an idiot in the process.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 05/20/10 at 05:00 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Responding is fine, but don’t be an idiot in the process.

Ah, but since your post is as clear as mud, you can be condescending as all hell, eh? Ok.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/20/10 at 11:42 PM ET

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