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from the IIHF,
With two months to go until the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, representatives of the International Ice Hockey Federation, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association held a site visit in the Russian city on the Black Sea.
While there are still some diggers and cranes in and around the Olympic Park, they are mostly there to work on the final details and roads....
In total five ice sheets will be used for ice hockey. The Bolshoy Ice Dome, which includes 12 dressing rooms, an entry for bigger vehicles such as busses and a ring road under its roof, has a practice rink that was also used for local kids during the site visit. For many of them it is their first ever hockey season since there haven’t been ice rinks before in the city that used to be known mainly as a summer resort.
Just across the Shayba Arena, a third hockey building includes two practice sheets that will be used by the hockey teams at the Olympics.
I work in the KHL and see that we have the level of arbitration is growing every year. So I can not be happy by the fact that the main tournament four years, which - whether we like it or not - will be considered not only as a sport, but also as a political, my league is not represented.
This past century at the Olympics in leading teams 99 percent of the seats given to NHL players. Now the situation has changed dramatically. I think between the NHL and KHL in Sochi will be parity. That's just in the game, and not in the judicial matters.
-Andrei Nazarov, head coach of the HC Donbass in the KHL on the number of on-ice officials working the Olympics from the NHL. Read more (translated) at Sport-Express.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Again on Monday, eyebrows were raised with this tweet, with the head of Russian hockey, the legendary Vladislav Tretiak, apparently suggesting the IIHF will allow for partial rosters to be announced by Jan. 1 and the rest to be added closer to the Sochi Games.
I reached out to my colleague Slava Malamud, a Russian sports writer based in Washington, D.C., who said top Russian and KHL hockey officials have been quoted over the past little while in Russia saying they were hoping for a compromise with the IIHF to relax the roster deadline and allow for more flexibility.
However, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com Monday in no uncertain terms that there has been "no change" as far as having to name the full, 25-man roster by Jan. 1, and that the IIHF has told the NHL that Russia will comply.
Clearly, what we have is the IIHF and its president, Rene Fasel, caught in a tight squeeze between the NHL and Russia/KHL -- not a comfortable position to be in. Should be interesting to monitor.
read on for some Kris Versteeg talk...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
One hundred days from now the Sochi Olympic Games begin. Here's a look at 100 storylines, questions and thoughts surrounding the Winter Olympics' marquee event: the men's hockey tournament.
1. What will things look like in Sochi? As in, will there will be roofs overhead and floors underfoot? Lots of work yet to be done on facilities, but most pre-Olympic visitors agree the facilities, especially in the so-called "coastal cluster" where the hockey tournament will be held -- many of which offer a view of the Black Sea -- will be spectacular.
2. The big ice. How many times will we hear NHL players, coaches and GMs speak in ominous tones about "the big ice" in Sochi and how it will impact the game vis-a-vis what fans are used to in North America? We put the over/under at 14,576 and take the over.
via the Guardian,
The Olympic torch for Sochi 2014 is lit on Sunday during a ceremony in ancient Olympia in Greece. The president of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Organising Committee says the event is 'very symbolic for Russia'. The flame is ignited by actress Ino Menegaki and is passed on to Alpine skier Ioannis Antoniou, and then Russian NHL star Alex Ovechkin. The ceremony marks the beginning of the longest torch relay for any Winter Games, including a trip into space.
Below, watch a video from the ceremony, Ovechkin appears in the last 20 seconds or so...
The first 35 seconds ia a gay activist report from Russia then the flooding in Sochi.
from Slava Malamud at Sport-Express
In other matters, subject only Ovechkin our conversation was not limited. Questions on the eve of starting in October NHL accumulated many. What's cooking for the first full NHL season postlokautny? Which league will come out of the very rapid in its recent history of the summer? What are the prospects of Russian stars - both on the ice and in terms of a career in North America? What to expect from the Olympians? How Sidney Crosby's health, in the end?
- During the lockout enough gloomy predictions about the future of the NHL, but for now, it seems, the league has experienced remaking without consequence. Do you agree? And what's the deal? - The first question Myrtle.
- I think it's pretty fair assessment. Moreover, I hear whispering officials that profits in the coming season will take off again in heaven. The fact is that this year's planned six matches in the open air in large stadiums, sponsors and outflows during the lockout happened. And why is that? We have already seen the same thing: the fans have short memories. Once returned to hockey, and they come back. Ratings during the shortened season were terrific. Loss of 34 league matches will not cause much harm. Or not cause at all.
much more (Google translation)
from Igor Kleyner of Russian Machine Never Breaks,
With the opening ceremonies just five months out, the next big promotional push is the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch. Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko says he will have Alex Ovechkin there. In Greece. At the end of September.
Right as the NHL season begins.
Chernyshenko spoke to the Russian sports news agency R-Sport about the upcoming event:
On September 29th we will light up the torch in Olympia, and for the next week it will travel through Greece; on October 6th we will deliver it to Moscow – and then promptly to the Red Square. There will be many interesting events. Who will be the first Russian [to carry the torch] in Greece, and who will be the first on Red Square? That is a secret, intrigue, and we will try to keep it until the end. But they will be people who are recognized and loved by everybody.
Will Ovechkin be among them? Nothing can be hidden from you! It is true; Ovechkin will participate in the Greek part of the torch relay, but will he be the first carrier or not – I will not tell you right now.
more including what the Capitals have to say about this...
from RIA NOVOSTI,
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that building the sports facilities for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, plus the hosting expenses, will cost around $6.4 billion, but he declined to give a figure for the vast spending on infrastructure.
Russia has been forced to spend big to develop Sochi and the surrounding area, located on the Black Sea about 1,350 kilometers south of Moscow and with no tradition of elite-level winter sports.
“Our country may have invested more in the preparation in general, but we didn’t spend more than any other country on the Olympic facilities,” Putin told Russian Channel One TV. “In total, spending for the preparation of the Olympic Games will reach 214 billion rubles [$6.4 billion].”
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
Firstly, major issues of insurance and travel appear to be resolved, or close to it. After all, that’s just the hard costs of doing business. The NHL’s request for increased access for it’s own media platforms appears also to be resolved. I’m told, the credit in gaining that access beyond the IOC should go to NBC. The NHL’s long-term partner, is also a major associate of the Olympic Committee. What’s good for the games, and good for the NHL is also good for NBC. Creating, and allowing, for opportunities for NHL.com and NHL Network in the United States only will enhance the game, and hopefully pay dividends in Sochi and beyond for NBC. This is a classic win-win-win situation.
It was suggested to me last week that two other issues are part of a chain of events tied to getting the Olympic deal done. One of them, the transfer agreements between all the European Hockey Federations, except Russia, and the NHL (fees for access to players) is also being down played as a parallel negotiation and not directly in conflict with Olympic negotiations. The other, may be a little more significant.
“But, the deal will get done.”
The National Hockey League has always been trying to advance its brand in Europe. Premiere games and GameCenter Live have begun to make inroads into hockey hot beds of Scandinavia, however the league has yet to capitalize in Russia, the home of the KHL and a massive television population. A domestic television deal in Russia could be worth millions of dollars, maybe over $100-million, in rights fees. A league source has acknowledged that a Russian television deal is very important to the NHL, and has been broached as part of the Olympic discussion.
added 3:30pm, Read a statement below on today's meeting.
The Hotstove talk was a lot of Luongo talk and also some talk regarding the NHL and Sochi.
Meetings between the NHL, the International Ice Hockey Federation and Olympic organizers have wrapped up in Sochi, Russia.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and a group of NHL personnel visited the site of the 2014 Games to discuss possible participation.
While the sides are going to need further meetings before an agreement can be reached, Daly said things went well.
"We had two productive days of meetings in Sochi," Daly said. "Saw and visited all the hockey venues, the Olympic Village and other key Olympics-related infrastructure. We met with the Sochi Organizing Committee, the IIHF and a number of IOC representatives. There is more work to be done, but it was an important trip for us to make."
The NHL is interested in allowing its stars to play at next year's Sochi Olympics but is demanding TV rights concessions and rule changes, the Russian Hockey Federation president and three-time gold medalist Vladislav Tretiak told R-Sport.
Negotiations between the NHL, the International Olympic Committee and hockey's global governing body, the IIHF, were held last week in New York, but the situation remains unresolved.
“In general, there is interest from the NHL,” Tretiak, who is involved on the IIHF side, told R-Sport.
“But they are laying down twerms that can be accepted only at the level of the International Olympic Committee. In the NHL, they want to get special TV rights and, for example, permits for the general manager to enter dressing room.”
Former goaltender Tretiak is part of a group debating the issue within the IIHF, he said.
“I’m a part of a special group that is engaged in this issue, but we haven’t met for some time already,” Tretiak said. “Only [IIHF president] Rene Fasel went to the United States this time and he will present a report on the NHL’s stance on February 25. I think then our group will gather again.”