Jul 19, 2013, 12:18 PM EST
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|
|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|
Dec 6, 2013, 3:37 PM EST
Tough break for the Swedish defenseman.
Dec 6, 2013, 3:00 PM EST
“I’m sure after a little while I won’t even notice it.”
Dec 6, 2013, 2:47 PM EST
Veteran defenseman enjoyed his best years in Colorado.
Dec 6, 2013, 2:36 PM EST
Boston blueliner was hurt vs. Montreal last night.
Dec 6, 2013, 2:18 PM EST
Was fired by the Flyers earlier this season.
Dec 6, 2013, 1:41 PM EST
Chicago gets Brandon Mashinter in return.
Dec 6, 2013, 1:37 PM EST
If he’s going to re-sign with the Sabres, he wants to see “actions” from management.
Dec 6, 2013, 1:33 PM EST
Incident saw the Boston defenseman stretchered off the ice Thursday.
Dec 6, 2013, 1:20 PM EST
Second veteran defenseman they’ve waived this season.
Dec 6, 2013, 1:03 PM EST
Vancouver hosts the Coyotes tonight and the Avs Sunday.
Dec 6, 2013, 12:57 PM EST
So. Many. Injuries.
Dec 6, 2013, 12:13 PM EST
“Felt like we could have had five,” said Joe Pavelski.
Dec 6, 2013, 11:51 AM EST
Won’t face Dallas on Saturday.
Dec 6, 2013, 11:45 AM EST
They blew away the Avs by six goals last night.
Dec 6, 2013, 11:26 AM EST
Tough times for the Swiss forward.
Dec 6, 2013, 10:49 AM EST
Could be the plan.
Dec 6, 2013, 9:57 AM EST
Captain John Tavares says they’re not earning wins, but the veteran goalie has a different theory.
Dec 6, 2013, 8:59 AM EST
He led New York to a 3-1 victory over Buffalo.
Dec 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EST
Friday’s collection of links.
Dec 6, 2013, 3:00 AM EST
No timetable for return.
- Report: Laviolette a candidate to replace Capuano 10
- Sharks say Fleury was ‘shaky’ and ‘fighting it’ in 44-save victory 36
- Boychuk boarded by Pacioretty, taken off on stretcher (Update: has movement in extremities) 54
- Seguin (concussion) cleared to play tonight 0
- Bylsma: Sharks are NHL’s best, ‘with all due respect to Chicago’ 87
- Will the Rangers use a compliance buyout on Richards? 9
- Malkin (lower body) to miss tonight’s game versus Sharks 20
- Flyers’ Couturier: ‘We’re starting to believe in ourselves’ 59
- Columbus puts Bobrovsky (groin) on IR, out 4-5 weeks 3
- The Chip ‘n’ Chase: Olympic odds, Russia’s defense, King Henrik’s new deal, Fire Cappy? and more 28
- Bylsma: Sharks are NHL’s best, ‘with all due respect to Chicago’ (87)
- Flyers’ Couturier: ‘We’re starting to believe in ourselves’ (59)
- Boychuk boarded by Pacioretty, taken off on stretcher (Update: has movement in extremities) (54)
- Lehtonen shines, Roussel agitates as Stars beat ‘Hawks (53)
- Video: Canucks’ Bieksa fights Rangers’ Boyle, then kicks Boyle’s helmet (52)