The Winter Olympics in 2014 will obviously be held in Sochi, Russia. But whether NHL players will be a part of the festivities remains to be seen.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has received entry applications from 33 nations for the tournament. The top ranked will get a direct entry, while the others will have to qualify.
Off the top of my head I can come up with Canada, USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, and Switzerland as basic mainstays in the tournament the past few Olympics. Nations like Belarus, Norway and and Latvia have always been at the cutting edge and usually get creamed by powerhouse teams stacked with NHL talent.