A strong defensive core is quite possibly the best asset any team can have going into the Olympics. It promotes continuity, kick starts the transition game, regulates the flow of play, and most importantly it protects the goaltender. For team USA’s defensive pairings the following must be considered.
- Complementary styles of play: The ability to mesh with one’s partner quickly will lead to early success in Sochi.
- Breadth of play: Despite some talented rookies and sophomores in the NHL today, it is important to have more veteran members taking the ice in bi...
*It is important to understand that the selections to follow are based not on what I think will occur, but on what I believe should happen. This is an opinion editorial and is not a prediction.*
In deciding who will be the starters for team USA, one has to understand the multiple elements of play that will come into consideration. The coaching staff will have their favorites and will understandably select the players who they are most comfortable with. That comfort level typically is found in current teammates, divisional opponents, and current/former players. This will all be taken into consideration in the creation of the current Olympic roster for Team USA.
Yesterday, Team Canada announced the 47 players invited to attend their orientation camp in August, here is Calgary. With the announcement, the debate on who will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics has begun across the country. Team Canada will look to defend their 2010 Gold medal on a different stage, playing on the bigger ice surface in Sochi. Here is my July edition of Team Canada.
After a long process involving the NHL, NHLPA, and the International Olympic Committee, the NHL schedule was finally released on Friday.
The 47th season of Flyers hockey will begin as a member of the newly named Metropolitan Division as part of a new realignment venture. This division contains the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes.
There are almost two years until the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia however the gears of preparation are well into use. Canada has tapped Red Wing legend Steve Yzerman to return as executive director for Canada. Wings GM Ken Holland will be a key member of Yzerman's support staff, however it's doubtful Yzerman and Holland will be the only two people with Red Wing ties at Sochi.
Of course rosters change and the Red Wings are in for a moderate overhaul over the next two seasons but there are some shoe-ins to be Olympians, some players who would be on the bubble if selections were today and some youngsters that may push for a bid as they develop.
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.
In a recent tweet, Bob McKenzie stated that Steve Yzerman is very much interested in Team Canada's general manager position at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"Going to Russia trying to win gold in light of VAN result would be exciting challenge. There is no problem with me being GM now," said Yzerman, "I'd have to give (running Canadian Olympic team) some thought, 2010 was one of the greatest experiences of my career."
McKenzie also said that, "Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson will talk to Yzerman in January. HC is preparing as though NHLers will be in Sochi. [There is] no Plan B right now."
Today I have collaborated with Mike Tursi. Mike is a Penn State University Alum, Philadelphia native and hockey fan blogger for www.thehockeyherald.com & The Sports Twit Blog. You can follow Mike here: @TheSportsTwit
Mike and I are huge hockey fans, but more so, we’re sports fans in general. For this article, we’re going to discuss the influence of Olympic hockey and the impact it has with sports fans across America, and tackle the 2014 Sochi issue.
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