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).

via sportsfeatures.com

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
112:00 PM ETCzech Republic vs. Sweden
212:00 PM ETLatvia vs. Switzerland
33:00 AM ETFinland vs. Austria
47:30 AM ETRussia vs. Slovenia
57:30 AM ETSlovakia vs. United States
612:00 PM ETCanada vs. Norway
73:00 AM ETCzech Republic vs. Latvia
87:30 AM ETSweden vs. Switzerland
912:00 PM ETCanada vs. Austria
1012:00 PM ETNorway vs. Finland
113:00 AM ETSlovakia vs. Slovenia
127:30 AM ETUnited States vs. Russia
1312:00 PM ETSwitzerland vs. Czech Republic
1412:00 PM ETSweden vs. Latvia
153:00 AM ETAustria vs. Norway
167:30 AM ETRussia vs. Slovakia
177:30 AM ETSlovenia vs. United States
1812:00 PM ETFinland vs. Canada
Qualification play-off – TUE, FEB 18
193:00 AM ETTBD
207:30 AM ETTBD
2112:00 PM ETTBD
2212:00 PM ETTBD
Quarterfinals – WED, FEB 19
233:00 AM ETTBD
247:30 AM ETTBD
2512:00 PM ETTBD
2612:00 PM ETTBD
Semifinals – FRI, FEB 21
277:00 AM ETTBD
2812:00 PM ETTBD
Bronze Medal Game – SAT, FEB 22
2910:00 AM ETTBD
Gold Medal Game – SUN, FEB 23
307:00 AM ETTBD

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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