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Sidney Crosby: Canada looking to ‘find a way to win gold’ in Sochi

Jul 19, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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In case you missed it, National Hockey League players will once again be participating in the Winter Olympics.

This time it’s in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Games. Canada enters the competition having won gold in the both the women’s and men’s ice hockey events in Vancouver four years ago.

And at the top of the podium is where people across Canada – and from all walks of life – want the Red and White to be standing when next year’s tournament is over.

Of course, Sidney Crosby, who scored the game-winning goal against the U.S. in Vancouver, is likely to lead Canada’s hockey team in a few months time. He knows what’s at stake.

It’s also worth mentioning that after winning gold at the 2002 Olympics, the Canadian team fell flat in Torino, Italy, and placed a disastrous seventh place.

“I think when you play for Canada, that’s the expectation,” said Crosby, as per the Pittsburgh Penguins website.

“I have never been to Russia, (but) obviously everyone knows the history with Canada-Russia in ’72 and ’87 and the list goes on and on. I think that right there, having the opportunity to play hockey in Russia is pretty special.

“But with the Olympics in general, I think that just being Canadian, you realize pretty quickly that people come together at that time of year especially. When it’s hockey, even more so. So I think yeah, you want to go there and find a way to win gold.”

  1. bmoreredfury311 - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    No way not this time. U S A, U S A, U S A!!!

  2. imleftcoast - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    History would say Canada is not great off the continent, and we’re weak in net. Luongo and Price are not as good as Rask and Quick. I like Sweden’s chances.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      When they’re all on their game I’d say they’re pretty close to equal.

    • ikillchicken - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      True enough, but I think Canada has the overwhelming edge otherwise. Canada will have it’s pick of a half dozen Norris caliber guys (Keith, Doughty, Weber, Pietrangelo, Subban, Letang) plus a dozen more really solid secondary options. Whereas the US looks pretty thin once you get past Sutter. And I don’t think the US can match the likes of Crosby, Stamkos, Tavares, Giroux, or Toews either. There are some really great American forwards but none on par with that lot. And Canada will have the likes of Perry, Getzlaf, Bergeron, Couture, and an assortment of still very solid veterans like St Louis, Iginla, Thorton and Marleau all in secondary roles.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        I just hope Canada doesn’t try to get cute this time like they did in 06, that year they decided it would be a great idea to take the “Grind Line” to neutralize opponents, and with all due respect to those players, they were good at what they did in the NHL but had no business in a tournament like that.

        Take the 23 best players for the roster but put a bit of an emphasis on speed at the forward position, on the bigger ice surface we know the Euro teams will play the trap and just try to suffocate Team Canada, speed will help the Canadians.

        I think the world of Iggy from his tenure here but he doesn’t belong on this roster this time, he’s slowed down and isn’t the player he was.

  3. davidsmj22 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Surprise, surprise… Another article on what Cindy thinks about something. Go USA

    • zetaone - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Haters gon’ hate.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Let’s call him a girls name because we are jealous, that is it. Let’s do that! ……Grow up child

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        Hey, c’mon fan, let’s try to show some sensitivity here. Gender confusion can be difficult to deal with, even in these more enlightened times. If it helps any, david, Sid’s sister is an up and coming goalie in the Canadian women’s hockey system with her eyes set on Korea 2018.

  4. davidsmj22 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Surprise, surprise… Another article on what Cindy thinks about something. Go USA

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:47 AM

      Surprise, surprise… another Crosby hater complaining about another Crosby article.

      • Florio's Lawyer - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Well, lessee…
        It IS an article about the ESPY Award winning best NHL player, and it IS a story about hockey so… WTF is your problem?

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Can’t locate his penis.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Beating Russia on their soil won’t be easy but Canada, along with the US, Sweden and Finland, will certainly give them a run for their money make it entertaining.

  6. isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    This just in; Cindy scratches his arm

    • hockeyfan1701 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      This just in; your best attempt at a degrading comment towards someone you have never met is to call him by a girls name………well summer is almost over and you soon will start 3rd grade, good luck with your multiplication tables this year.

  7. jonkchar - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    that 2010 loss was devestating. go USA

    • imleftcoast - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      All that vodka, what’s the over/under on Patty Kane’s production in March and April, 10 points?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Jon, some of us found it thoroughly delightful.

  8. cspsrbums - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    US team is far better then Canada’s this time around

  9. jacketsfan7 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:16 PM


  10. biffnasty - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    @bonerfan1701..sure do love saying *child* to everyone huh? good one. havent heard it used so much since 96.

  11. malkinrulez - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Alot of hurt feelings outside of Pittsburgh as Crosby continues to dominate. Philly is so hyper focused it makes u wonder why? Hmmmmn…….

  12. btlpper68 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Even if u hate Crosby like me he is the best player and with the ppl who he will be playing with even though Canada is weak in net it’s hard to c them loosing but that’s y we play the games so go usa

  13. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Is Logan Couture bound?

  14. skarfacci - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    I don’t like Canada away from Canada. Finland or Czech Republic. Sweden is overrated. And Russia only plays hard if they can win 100 million along with the medals.

  15. hawkeedawg - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Will all of you that are 12 or under, (those that are calling Sidney-Cindy) please go to the SI Sports Illustrated kids page. Or grow up and make sensible comments. He is one of the best players in the world, has a Stanley Cup and a Gold Medal winning goal. How do you still call him Cindy? Oh and it only took 25 days for Martin St. Louis to pass him in the scoring race when he went down with the broken jaw. If not for that injury, he would have obliterated everyone else in the scoring race.


    • iHeartHockey31 - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      No one is doubting his skill or saying that he isn’t a great hockey player. The Cindy [and Crybaby] remarks are because a great player like him should need to WHINE and CRY all the time and blame everyone and everything around him on those occasions when he has a bad day. He’s also lacks a lot of class when it comes to certain aspects of sportsmanship and respect for fellow NHLers [that aren’t on his team]. As a great player he has a responsibility to act as a role model in the league and role models don’t give TV interviews before shaking hands after playoff rounds, end recent traditions of shaking after winter classic games because ur team lost, they don’t whine to referees to tell people to stop throwing hats when someone on the home team gets a hat trick. They don’t blame their inability to score more than 2 goals in a playoff series on bad officiating [especially when they’ve got 1/2 of team Canada playing on their team]. No other captain is featured on the front page of visiting city newspapers QUOTED as stating ” I hate them! I hate them all !!” in reference to rival teams.
      The Cindy / Crybaby and other things people say don’t come from jealousy, They come from his utter lack of respect he displays for the game and his peers [on other teams]. If he doesn’t like the names people call him, maybe he change his behavior when it comes to sportsmanship & respect for his peers. When he visits Philadelphia, there is an ENITRE section of Penguin fans down by the glass during warm-ups. The are HIS FANS — most of them wearing HIS jersey. And were very brave to have done so. While most other visiting team captains are friendly to the HOME team fans [tossing pucks over the net, smiling, acknowledging their presence, Crosby simply IGNORES the entire group of people there to CHEER FOR HIM. No smile, no puck tossing. He’s ignorant to HIS OWN FANS because they just so happen to be watching the game in Philadelphia. He EARNS his nicknames.

      If it was about jealously then how come almost no one has every had a negative thing to say about Henrik Lundqvist? He plays for a rival of my team. I am actually jealous that we don’t have an awesome goalie like Henrik. But I don’t call him names [except King Henrik] because he’s someone I respect and I respect him because of how he carries himself, how he trests other people [even on other teams] how he is to fans [no matter what team they’re on]. So don’t assume the name calling is jealously. I haven’t seen Crosby picking up too many Lady Bing nominations. Maybe there’s a reason. It’s possible to be a good player AND have respect for your peers. Your Captain Classless Crybaby simply chooses not to. That’s why people call him names. No one is doubting his talent. They’re doubting his ability to win a Lady Bing anytime in the near future.

      If Crosby’s looking for a way to win a gold… he’s going to have to look for a way to make amends with at least one guy he’s claimed to ‘Hate’. Hockey is about teamwork and trusting the other players on your team will have your back. Front page newspapers covers declaring your hatred of other Canadian players highly likely to be selected to represent Canada as well isn’t helping with his plan to win a goal medal. I suggest he take out a full front page Daily news article Apologizing for his “I hate him. I hate all of them.” comments and start making amends if he’s serious about working as a team & being a contender for the gold. Especially since the person he’s quoted as hating recently bonded with ANOTHER likely Team Canada candidate during the IIHF WHC earlier this year. [The other player who just so happens to be on a team with a GM that conveniently happens to be Team Canada’s GM.

      What goes around comes around & his lack of respect for the game and for other players is going to come back and bite him in the ass one of these days

    • iHeartHockey31 - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:03 AM

      Here’s a question for you. If the MVP is supposed to be the most valuable player to his team. Then a player misses a few weeks of playing due to injury. If his team is STILL SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT HIM, how exactly does he get nominated for MVP? He can’t be that valuable if they seem to do just fine without him. I’m not saying he shouldn’t have gotten it because he missed time. I’m pointing out that in the process of that missed time, HE wasn’t missed and his team did find without him. If he was THAT important to the team they WOULD NOT have done well without him.

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  17. jhunter21 - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Jonathan Quick is the states best chance of winning. It’s just too bad for them that Canada has about 10 Jonathan Quicks at every position on the ice. Go Canada! :)

    • orangandblack - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Except for the position Jonathan Quick actually plays….

  18. flydommo - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Canada of course are the number one favourites. No other nation can match their overall depth. Canada’s biggest concerns, though, must be home ice advantage for the offensively gifted Russians and the larger European rinks. Therefore, smaller, fast-skating guys like Giroux will be relied on heavily, along with capable defesive forwards such as Toews, especially when playing the Russians, Swedes and Finns. My odds are Canada 1/2; Sweden 1/3; Russia 1/5. It’ll be fun, bring it on!

    • capsfan14 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Everybody always looks past the Finns, even though they preform well at almost all the international events, especially the olympics, Torino 2006: Silver, Vancouver 2010: Bronze. Don’t count them out of a medal spot just yet…

    • wikidpissah - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      The larger rinks will be a serious issue. Canada and the USA both benefited from playing on an NHL ice surface in Vancouver. It doesn’t mean neither will win, but the European teams will be a lot tougher to beat on the big sheet.

  19. girouxed - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Well yea it only makes sense right?

    They did get swept and smacked hard by Boston.

  20. kingsforever - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    I’m Canadian but I still say, no one cares about this

  21. craigmaitland - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    If the team is picked properly canada should win.

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