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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