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Done deal: NHL to participate in 2014 Winter Olympics

Jul 19, 2013, 12:18 PM EST

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After a lengthy negotiation, the NHL, NHLPA, IIOC and IIHF have reached an agreement for NHL participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“The National Hockey League features the most international player population in professional sports, and our outstanding athletes take tremendous pride in representing their homelands on the global stage,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “The decision to participate in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in many ways a difficult one, but one that we know will be well received by our Players and, most importantly, by the vast majority of our fans and sports fans everywhere.”

Highlights of the agreement include a 16-day Olympic break (from Feb. 9-26) in the NHL schedule. The league will also be represented by seven referees and six linesmen working in Sochi, while the games will be played on international-sized rinks (60 x 30 meters).

This will mark the fifth consecutive winter games the NHL has participated in. Involvement dates back to the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, the first in which professional players were allowed to take part.

“The players are very pleased that an agreement has been reached that will allow the world’s best hockey players to compete at the Winter Games in February,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “Having the opportunity to wear their nation’s sweater in Sochi is something the players look forward to.”

Here are the three groups for the Winter Olympics, and the schedule:

Group A Group B Group C
Russia Austria Czech Republic
Slovenia Canada Latvia
Slovakia Finland Switzerland
United States Norway Sweden
Men’s Preliminary Round Schedule
WED, FEB 12
1 12:00 PM ET Czech Republic vs. Sweden
2 12:00 PM ET Latvia vs. Switzerland
THU, FEB 13
3 3:00 AM ET Finland vs. Austria
4 7:30 AM ET Russia vs. Slovenia
5 7:30 AM ET Slovakia vs. United States
6 12:00 PM ET Canada vs. Norway
FRI, FEB 14
7 3:00 AM ET Czech Republic vs. Latvia
8 7:30 AM ET Sweden vs. Switzerland
9 12:00 PM ET Canada vs. Austria
10 12:00 PM ET Norway vs. Finland
SAT, FEB 15
11 3:00 AM ET Slovakia vs. Slovenia
12 7:30 AM ET United States vs. Russia
13 12:00 PM ET Switzerland vs. Czech Republic
14 12:00 PM ET Sweden vs. Latvia
SUN, FEB 16
15 3:00 AM ET Austria vs. Norway
16 7:30 AM ET Russia vs. Slovakia
17 7:30 AM ET Slovenia vs. United States
18 12:00 PM ET Finland vs. Canada
Qualification play-off – TUE, FEB 18
19 3:00 AM ET TBD
20 7:30 AM ET TBD
21 12:00 PM ET TBD
22 12:00 PM ET TBD
Quarterfinals – WED, FEB 19
23 3:00 AM ET TBD
24 7:30 AM ET TBD
25 12:00 PM ET TBD
26 12:00 PM ET TBD
Semifinals – FRI, FEB 21
27 7:00 AM ET TBD
28 12:00 PM ET TBD
Bronze Medal Game – SAT, FEB 22
29 10:00 AM ET TBD
Gold Medal Game – SUN, FEB 23
30 7:00 AM ET TBD

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  1. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Yeah!

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Excellent. Now the schedule!

    • davidswiggs - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Cool.

  3. ibieiniid - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    alright, now…. schedule me

  4. jimw81 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Team usa is in the pool of death. they have to go 2-0-1 atleast to make to the tournament.

    • jimw81 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      they have to beat or tie russia.

  5. girouxed - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Lets go Slovak’s!!

  6. ndrick731 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Just wonderful. Maybe a few star players can get injured or a team that is in a great rhythm can lose the chemistry they worked so hard to get. Screw the season ticket holders with a condensed season again. So glad I gave mine up. I guess the Russians got what they wanted.

  7. rodeoclowndc - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    How the hell was letting the players represent their countries in the Olympics a “difficult” decision, you miserable little rat bag? Difficult for you maybe, but if I were a player, I’d be on it like white on ice!

    And yeah, how we got in the same pool as Russia is a little curious…

    • buckyblackhawk - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      The results of the World Championship determine the seeding for who gets in which pool. USA doesn’t do that well in that tournament, so USA got stuck with Russia.

      • kcbruinsfan - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        US finished 3rd in the World Championships, Russia 6th. Not sure World Championship results impact Group assignments as Swedes won gold and are in same bracket with silver medalist Switzerland.

      • buckyblackhawk - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Goes off this ranking from 2012.

        http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/championships/world-ranking/mens-world-ranking/2012-ranking.html

    • buckyblackhawk - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      It is a rolling average that stopped at the results of the tournament last year. So, the results of the 3rd place this year by the USA team did not factor in the seeding/groups.

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