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NHL & NHLPA Agree to Send NHL Players to Winter Olympics

Last Friday, the NHL and the NHLPA agreed to a deal to allow NHL players to represent their countries in the 2014 Winter Olympics that are being held in Sochi, Russia. The NHL will pause play from February 9th to February 25th. The participating countries in the men’s ice hockey competition are Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and United States. The teams are separated into three pools (A, B, and C).

Pool A:

  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • United States

Pool B:

  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • Norway

Pool C:

  • Czech Republic
  • Latvia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

I remember when these groups were announced a few months ago and I immediately felt that the United States’ group was going to be this tournament’s group of death. I also immediately felt that Canada got a breeze of a group. Both Pool’s A and C have three good teams whereas Pool B only has two good teams. The Russian team is going to have some high expectations and be under some close scrutiny. Meanwhile, Slovakia is always a tough team to beat and include some big names in Marian Hossa, Marian Gaborik and Zdeno Chara. This is the first time Slovenia has appeared in the Olympic ice  hockey tournament. However, they do have Anze Kopitar. I fully expect the US to make it out of their pool.

Here is the ice hockey tournament schedule for the 2014 Winter Olympics:

Men’s Preliminary Round Schedule
WED, FEB 12
1 12:00 PM ET Czech Republic vs. Sweden
2 12:00 PM ET Latvia vs. Switzerland
THU, FEB 13
3 3:00 AM ET Finland vs. Austria
4 7:30 AM ET Russia vs. Slovenia
5 7:30 AM ET Slovakia vs. United States
6 12:00 PM ET Canada vs. Norway
FRI, FEB 14
7 3:00 AM ET Czech Republic vs. Latvia
8 7:30 AM ET Sweden vs. Switzerland
9 12:00 PM ET Canada vs. Austria
10 12:00 PM ET Norway vs. Finland
SAT, FEB 15
11 3:00 AM ET Slovakia vs. Slovenia
12 7:30 AM ET United States vs. Russia
13 12:00 PM ET Switzerland vs. Czech Republic
14 12:00 PM ET Sweden vs. Latvia
SUN, FEB 16
15 3:00 AM ET Austria vs. Norway
16 7:30 AM ET Russia vs. Slovakia
17 7:30 AM ET Slovenia vs. United States
18 12:00 PM ET Finland vs. Canada
Qualification play-off – TUE, FEB 18
19 3:00 AM ET TBD
20 7:30 AM ET TBD
21 12:00 PM ET TBD
22 12:00 PM ET TBD
Quarterfinals – WED, FEB 19
23 3:00 AM ET TBD
24 7:30 AM ET TBD
25 12:00 PM ET TBD
26 12:00 PM ET TBD
Semifinals – FRI, FEB 21
27 7:00 AM ET TBD
28 12:00 PM ET TBD
Bronze Medal Game – SAT, FEB 22
29 10:00 AM ET TBD
Gold Medal Game – SUN, FEB 23
30 7:00 AM ET TBD

The Olympics are the greatest part of a year. I look forward to them more than anything else every other year. NHL.com is currently doing a series on predicting some of the more major hockey nations’ roster for the upcoming Olympics and once they finish, I will make a post on here summarizing what they said and I’ll put in my two cents if I disagree with anything.

Possible Anaheim Ducks to appear in 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics:

  • Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry for Team Canada
  • Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne and Sami Vatanen for Team Finland
  • Jakob Silfverberg and Viktor Fasth for Team Sweden
  • Luca Sbisa and Jonas Hiller for Team Switzerland
  • Bobby Ryan for Team USA

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