The two nations that met in the men's gold medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympics are poised to take another run at finishing first in Sochi. Both the U.S.A. lineup and the Canadian lineup are filled with NHL players, as the two North American nations hope their success on the small rink in Vancouver four years ago can carry over to the bigger rink in Russia. Unless something drastic happens, both U.S.A. and Canada should be advancing past the preliminary round.
Competition begins this week for men’s hockey at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Five players from the Philadelphia Flyers are representing their respective home countries at the games: Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Mark Streit (Switzerland), Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia), Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic), and Michael Raffl (Austria). While the former three players are veterans of the Olympic games, Voracek and Raffl will be making their first appearances.
We here at Flyerdelphia will be keeping you abreast of how your Flyers do while in Sochi. Competition kicks off on Wednesday, and here’s a handy dandy schedule of the games in which these five players will appear:
In their second preliminary game of the Olympics, the U.S. women's Olympic hockey team set the new Olympic world record for the fastest five goals in a game in their overpowering 9-0 victory vs Switzerland on Monday.
Led by Amanda Kessel and Kendall Coyne's four points, two goals and two assists each, and two goals by teammate Monique Lamoureux, the United States bulldozed their way to a spot in next Monday's semifinal.
With a lengthy break in the NHL schedule for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, there are several intriguing headlines across the league. The biggest stories surround a defenseman on a rival team suffering from an unusual health predicament for a professional athlete, a Western Conference club that might be on the verge of major changes, big names in trade rumors, and NHL players representing their countries at the Winter Olympics.