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Olczyk “very disappointed” Kane skipped World Championships

May 23, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

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Team USA’s seventh-place finish at the 2012 World Hockey Championships left one former Chicago Blackhawk upset that a current Blackhawk decided to pass up the opportunity to help his country.

The former? Eddie Olczyk.

The current? Patrick Kane.

“These World Championships were really important for the seedings going into the Olympics,” Olczyk said this afternoon on WSCR’s McNeil and Spiegel Show.

“I was very disappointed that he didn’t go and represent our country and try to help us get a better seed come Olympic time, but maybe there (are) some things that I don’t know behind the scenes.”

Maybe, maybe not.

Kane decided to pass on the international tournament after the Blackhawks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

“I think I’m just going to take the summer to rest and get excited about next season,” he said. “I’m healthy right now, I don’t want to risk that.”

A plausible concern given Kane had wrist surgery last summer, a procedure he maintains didn’t allow him to get fully prepared for the season.

Plus, there was a Cinco de Mayo party in Wisconsin he really wanted to attend.

By way of its seventh-place finish at the worlds, Team USA was placed in a tough group with Russia, Slovakia and an undetermined qualifier for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Making it past the group stage is still extremely likely for Team USA, but a low seed could mean a tougher opponent in the quarterfinals.

Then again, you never know how things will shake out. In 2010, Russia won its group and got stuck with Canada in the quarterfinals after the eventual gold medal-winner struggled in the group stage.

  1. jkay1818 - May 23, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    this has already been mentioned twice that they are going to be in a tough group with russia, slovakia etc. Big deal, they were with Canada in the prior olympics. Russia basically had their entire olympic roster playing. America had about 97% of its olympic roster not playing. USA is going to be one solid team next time around with the likes of kane, kessel, callahan, parise quick , suter etc etc etc etc.

    • ThatGuy - May 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      This…So Much This.

      I will take Russia and Slovakia over Canada and Finland or Sweden and Czech Republic any day.

    • yesfan1971 - May 25, 2012 at 2:36 AM

      Russia was in the Sweden group, anyway.

  2. jimw81 - May 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    What did Eddie Olczyk accomplish in his career to make this comment besides being a shadow on the ice in Pittsburgh and New York? He’s horrible tv commentator.

    • comeonnowguys - May 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      Actually, he’s a pretty stellar color commentator.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        Whaaaaaaat????? He’s horrendous. I’m always shocked at how little he knows about hockey for as long as he’s been around the game.

        He’s the Tim McCarver of hockey

    • jkay1818 - May 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      he also had 20 or more goals in a season about 10+ times and 30 or more about 5+. Don’t quote me but i think it’s around there. Seems pretty good to me.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Regardless of what you think of Kane’s partying, the guy played in every single regular season and playoff game for his team. He’s earned the right to do what he wants in the offseason and that includes choosing to not play more hockey. Olczyk needs to zip it.

  4. kitshky - May 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I agree that Kane had every right to not attend the World Championships, there’s times in a career when a player whos done it all deserves to take somer personal time.

    That being said, are you guys suggesting that Team USA deliberately sent an inferior team because of the benefits to playing in an lower pool in the Olympics? Forgive me if I read your comments wrong, but if I didn’t … that’s some pretty gutless strategy that I seriously doubt Hockey USA would implement.

    (again, if ya guys arent’ saying that then n/mind me..jus seemed to come off like that to me)

    • ThatGuy - May 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      Not what i was saying, but as it fell i would take the group we are in over trading spots with Norway or the Swiss.

  5. phillyphan83 - May 23, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    kitchsky, no, most of the star players from team USA were either still in the playoffs or getting offseason surgery. Only a select few were like Kane and just didn’t play for whatever reason. It was by no means intentional on team USA’s part.

  6. sjsharksfan11 - May 23, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    What could be more satisfying than playing for your country. Kane is an idiot

    • comeonnowguys - May 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      Heh, I’m not sure we needed this to prove what we already know, though.

  7. yesfan1971 - May 25, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    And there’s no guarantee that the US would’ve finished higher had Kaner been there.

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