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2014 Olympics

Ovechkin highlights Russian Olympic camp roster

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 2:19 PM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

Washington Capitals star and Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin leads the list of 18 NHL players who were among the 35 players announced Monday as invitees to the Russian Olympic orientation camp.

The camp will be held Aug. 23-24 in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Among those invited to the camp are 13 who played on the 2010 Olympic team that lost in the quarterfinals to Canada. Ovechkin had two goals and two assists in four games at the Games in Vancouver.

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Babcock again to coach Canada Olympic team

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 12:23 PM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

Hockey Canada announced Monday that Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will return as coach of Canada's team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February.

Babcock will be assisted by St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff and Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins.

Babcock, Hitchcock and Ruff were part of the staff that helped Canada win gold in 2010 in Vancouver.

Babcock, 50, is the only coach with a Stanley Cup win, an IIHF world championship and an Olympic gold medal.

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Lundqvist will help Sweden seek better result

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 12:00 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is official: The NHL, NHL Players' Association and International Ice Hockey Federation have announced there will be NHL players at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Prior to the agreement between the NHL, NHLPA and IIHF, NHL.com had three writers select the team they would take to Sochi for each of the "big seven" hockey-playing nations. Note: This is not the team the writers project each country's hockey federation will select, but the team they would select at this point.

Russia's dramatic demise in a blowout loss to rival Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics was a huge story, but Sweden also is smarting from a shocking quarterfinal defeat in Vancouver. After breezing through the preliminary round, the Swedes were upset by Slovakia in a game when star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist saw 14 shots and made 10 saves.

Lundqvist will return as the backbone of his nation's team. Sweden might have an interesting advantage in goal over other top medal contenders -- there is no question who is king (pun intended) in the net.

There also is no question Sweden will be loaded when it arrives in Sochi. The only country that can match the depth and star power among skaters is Canada, and it doesn't have Lundqvist.

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Slovakia's NHL vets likely key parts of Olympic team

Sunday, 07.21.2013 / 12:00 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is official: The NHL, NHL Players' Association and International Ice Hockey Federation have announced there will be NHL players at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Prior to the agreement between the NHL, NHLPA and IIHF, NHL.com had three writers select the team they would take to Sochi for each of the "big seven" hockey-playing nations. Note: This is not the team the writers project each country's hockey federation will select, but the team they would select at this point.

Slovakia has yet to medal in hockey at the Olympics since becoming an independent nation in 1993, but the country's fourth-place finish in 2010 was a triumph. The Slovakians, an aging team with a core expected to be on its last Olympic run together, defeated Russia in the preliminary round, upset Sweden in the quarterfinals, and nearly stunned Canada in the semifinals.

A few key players from the 2010 team no are longer in the NHL but could represent Slovakia in Sochi. The 2014 squad likely will be anchored by its established NHL stars: defenseman Zdeno Chara, forwards Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik, and goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

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Olympic pattern could mean big year for Czechs

Saturday, 07.20.2013 / 12:00 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is official: The NHL, NHL Players' Association and International Ice Hockey Federation have announced there will be NHL players at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Prior to the agreement between the NHL, NHLPA and IIHF, NHL.com had three writers select the team they would take to Sochi for each of the "big seven" hockey-playing nations. Note: This is not the team the writers project each country's hockey federation will select, but the team they would select at this point.

The Czech Republic has gone every other Olympics with a medal since NHL players started participating in the tournament: gold in 1998 in Nagano, Japan; no medal in Salt Lake City in 2002; bronze in Turin, Italy, in 2006; and a quarterfinal loss to Finland four years ago in Vancouver.

If the pattern holds true, the Czechs will be a team to reckon with in Sochi. They have been a more successful team on the bigger ice surface, and though the Czechs won't be considered one of the favorites in February, they likely will bring a talented roster to Russia.

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Host Russia under pressure to win Olympic gold

Friday, 07.19.2013 / 6:00 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is official: The NHL, NHL Players' Association and International Ice Hockey Federation have announced there will be NHL players at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Prior to the agreement between the NHL, NHLPA and IIHF, NHL.com had three writers select the team they would take to Sochi for each of the "big seven" hockey-playing nations. Note: This is not the team the writers project each country's hockey federation will select, but the team they would select at this point.

The Russians are the host nation and will be under tremendous pressure to win this tournament. Not only are the Winter Olympics in Russia for the first time, and with hockey as the marquee sport in the country, but the salty memories of being rocked by Canada in the quarterfinals in Vancouver four years ago remain.

Russia has not won gold in the Olympics; the Soviet Union won seven times and the Unified Team won in 1992, but the drought is at five Games and counting. In fact, Russia has medaled twice -- one silver, one bronze -- in the past five Olympics, four with NHL players involved.

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Crosby looking forward to leading Canada again

Friday, 07.19.2013 / 5:14 PM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Sidney Crosby's second Olympic experience likely will be a lot different than his first -- but he's hoping it ends the exact same way.

With Friday's announcement that NHL players will be taking part in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February, Crosby had a chance to reflect a bit on his gold-medal experience for Canada in the 2010 Games and look forward to what will be coming in 2014.

Though the differences between the two tournaments will be great, Crosby is fully aware that one thing will remain constant: Canada will accept nothing less than a gold medal.

"When you play for Canada, that's the expectation," Crosby said Friday during a conference call. "I've never been to Russia, and everyone knows the history of Canada-Russia with '72, '87, and the list goes on and on. So I think that right there, having the opportunity to play hockey in Russia, is pretty special."

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Agreement reached for player participation in Sochi

Friday, 07.19.2013 / 12:15 PM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that an agreement has been reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to secure participation of NHL players in the upcoming 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

NHL players will be available to the 12 participating IIHF Member National Associations for the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament (February 12-23, 2014). This will mark the fifth consecutive time dating back to Nagano 1998 that NHL players have participated in the Olympics. More than 120 NHL players are expected to compete for their respective nations in Sochi.

"The National Hockey League features the most international player population in professional sports, and our outstanding athletes take tremendous pride in representing their homelands on the global stage," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The decision to participate in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in many ways a difficult one, but one that we know will be well received by our Players and, most importantly, by the vast majority of our fans and sports fans everywhere."

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NHL players to take part in 2014 Olympics

Friday, 07.19.2013 / 12:15 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Canadian superstar Sidney Crosby again should be among a legion of NHL players with the chance to become the next Olympic hero.

The NHL announced Friday the League will pause the 2013-14 regular-season schedule from Feb. 9-25 so its players can participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics, to be held in Sochi, Russia. The decision to again send NHL players to the Olympics was a joint agreement between the League and the National Hockey League Players' Association.

The dozen nations competing for gold in Sochi are Russia, Slovakia, the United States, Slovenia, Finland, Canada, Norway, Austria, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland and Latvia. NHL players should have a presence on each of the 12 teams.

Slovenia is participating in its first Olympic men's hockey tournament after failing to qualify for the past six. Austria is back in the tournament for the first time since 2002, and Belarus and Germany, which took part in the 2010 tournament, did not qualify for the 2014 event.

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Parise: Americans expected to do big things in Sochi

Friday, 07.19.2013 / 12:15 PM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Zach Parise's dramatic, last-minute goal in the gold-medal game of the 2010 Winter Olympics wasn't a game-winner, nor did it help lead his U.S. team to victory. All Parise's goal did on that day in Vancouver was get the United States into overtime against Canada.

There, Sidney Crosby would win it for the Canadians, releasing the tension that gripped the nation's hockey fans from British Columbia to the Maritimes, kicking off a party that spanned the country.

However, Parise's goal remains the signature moment for the United States from the 2010 Olympics and is the jumping-off point for greater expectations in Sochi, Russia this February. The NHL announced Thursday it will take a break in its 2013-14 season to allow its players to participate in the Olympics.

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