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Alex Ovechkin to be torchbearer for 2014 Sochi Olympics

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06:01 PM ET 01.17 | Russian NHL star Alex Ovechkin has made it clear that he would like to play in the 2014 Sochi Olympics because of the magnitude and meaning it has to him as hockey player competing in his own country. Not only does Ovechkin plan to play in the games, but he will be a big part of the pregame ceremonies. Ovechkin is set to be a part of the longest torch relay in Winter Olympics history. The Olympic torch relay will begin on Oct. 7 and track a course that spans 65,000 kilometers. Ovechkin said that he is proud to be a part of the event and be a torchbearer in his hometown.

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January 17, 2013  11:32 PM ET

Good for him. It's hypocritical how the NHL brass is treating the 2014 Olympics. You opened the doors to international players and have been playing overseas recently to try to market the NHL to the world... but will only release your players if the Games are in the US or Canada? Dumb.

January 17, 2013  11:36 PM ET

Put a tri-cornered hat on Ovie and he's a ringer for the Patriots' throwback logo.

January 17, 2013  11:57 PM ET

Well I'll bet Slappy will offer to put a torch under his **** this season

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January 18, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good for him. It's hypocritical how the NHL brass is treating the 2014 Olympics. You opened the doors to international players and have been playing overseas recently to try to market the NHL to the world... but will only release your players if the Games are in the US or Canada? Dumb.

stay tuned...this is not over yet...

January 18, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Well I'll bet Slappy will offer to put a torch under his **** this season

Bingo!

January 18, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good for him. It's hypocritical how the NHL brass is treating the 2014 Olympics. You opened the doors to international players and have been playing overseas recently to try to market the NHL to the world... but will only release your players if the Games are in the US or Canada? Dumb.

bingo.

January 18, 2013  09:51 AM ET

nbc's just gotta start pulling the strings.

January 18, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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nbc's just gotta start pulling the strings.

they sure are because like everything else, it comes down to dinero....

January 18, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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they sure are because like everything else, it comes down to dinero....

well, they did pay a ton of cash for the olympics, so if it means using leverage to get the best players there for ratings, then so be it. People can say whatever they want about hockey not being the 'premiere' event of the winter games (american network-wise), but the Canada-USA final drew top ratings and was the story of the games...

January 18, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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Well I'll bet Slappy will offer to put a torch under his **** this season

Smoking crack?

January 18, 2013  10:52 AM ET
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well, they did pay a ton of cash for the olympics, so if it means using leverage to get the best players there for ratings, then so be it. People can say whatever they want about hockey not being the 'premiere' event of the winter games (american network-wise), but the Canada-USA final drew top ratings and was the story of the games...

but people always watched the Olympics, even before the pros (dream team 92) ruined them for the athletes that worked so hard for this

January 18, 2013  12:20 PM ET
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but people always watched the Olympics, even before the pros (dream team 92) ruined them for the athletes that worked so hard for this

yes, but now that we're there we will not go back, it simply won't (and shouldn't) happen.

January 18, 2013  12:54 PM ET
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yes, but now that we're there we will not go back, it simply won't (and shouldn't) happen.

I'm wondering why you say it shouldn't?
I sure would rather watch the olde way than this.
Truth be told, the best olympians I ever saw were the ones that just did that...The speed skater from Norway that became a Dr. (Kloss?) those guys that have this and a love of country...no promises of million $ no trade, guarenteed contracts...just a love of their sport and a will to win
Corny? hell yeah...but what I truly believe

January 18, 2013  02:12 PM ET
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I'm wondering why you say it shouldn't?I sure would rather watch the olde way than this.Truth be told, the best olympians I ever saw were the ones that just did that...The speed skater from Norway that became a Dr. (Kloss?) those guys that have this and a love of country...no promises of million $ no trade, guarenteed contracts...just a love of their sport and a will to winCorny? hell yeah...but what I truly believe

Olympics-wise, I can't imagine a scenario more perfect than Crosby scoring the OT winner versus the 'Mericans. No hockey game with amateurs could have topped that. EVER.

I wasn't around for the Summit Series and I was a toddler during the Canada cups.

I enjoy the WJC, but when watching I always remind myself that it's an amateur contest with kids and don't really allow myself to get too worked up about it. Winning is good, but ultimately this tournament is about making sure that Hockey Canada's development programs are in good order & seeing to it that we consistently produce world-class talent. This year when Canada nose-dived, I said to myself, 'it is what it is' and walked away from it. No big deal.

The World Championships mean absolutely nothing to me and I don't even think we should be sending over nhlers at the end of the season.

In terms of international play the only thing we have that means ANYTHING is the Olympics. I love the idea of seeing what Canada's BEST looks like and I don't think that asking them to play a 2 week tournament ONCE per FOUR years is a big deal.

That's it.

January 18, 2013  02:17 PM ET
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Corny? hell yeah...but what I truly believe

absolutely nothing wrong with that. we all take different things from it. I enjoy the psirited performances as much as anybody else. During Vancouver I was cheering my lungs off for long-shot Devon Kershaw to medal in the 50km classic cross-country in the 2nd to final event. He finished 5th, but I gained a huge amount of respect for him and I really enjoyed watching the sport. It made me take up cross country skiing.

That doesn't mean that in a sport like hockey, that has a pro league that features the world's best, we should exclude them in order to let in second tier players. What I love about Kershaw's performance is that he nearly beat the very best skiers.

January 18, 2013  03:49 PM ET
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Good for him. It's hypocritical how the NHL brass is treating the 2014 Olympics. You opened the doors to international players and have been playing overseas recently to try to market the NHL to the world... but will only release your players if the Games are in the US or Canada? Dumb.

For sure.

 
January 18, 2013  06:07 PM ET

He'll need some cosmetic surgery before the event.

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