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Report: Datsyuk named Russian Olympic captain

Jan 15, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings will have a pair of players serving as captains in Sochi.

On Wednesday, news broke that Pavel Datsyuk would captain the Russian squad at the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to reports out of Russia (per MLive.com).

Datsyuk, currently an alternate in Detroit to captain Henrik Zetterberg — who’ll wear the “C” for Sweden in Sochi — has participated in three previous Olympics but wasn’t part of Russia’s leadership group in 2010. Aleksey Morozov captained the club in Vancouver, while Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin served as alternates.

In all, the Red Wings have 10 players going to the Olympics: Datsyuk; Zetterberg, Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson and Jonas Gustavsson (Sweden); Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco (Slovakia) and Jimmy Howard (U.S.A.)

Head coach Mike Babcock is the Canadian bench boss.

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Zetterberg named Swedish Olympic captain

Chara named Slovakian Olympic captain

  1. valoisvipers - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    That sound you hear is the air coming out of Ov’s ego.

    • joey4id - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      hahaha! I actually wrote my comment below before reading yours. :-) Great minds think alike.

  2. joey4id - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Dats is an AC on his team and is picked over Ovi who is captain. Now there is a telltale sign.

    • joey4id - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      My name is Joey and I approve this choice.

  3. polegojim - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    What’s interesting is that while the C is a privilege, Dats plays the same way with or without it.

    That’s why you want him wearing the C… the guy is worthy of emulation in all ways hockey

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      You’re right about Datsyuk. 100% all the time.

      Another story reported that Ilya Kovalchuk was also considered for the captaincy. According to R-Sport, he replied: “A patch on your chest means nothing. To win at the Olympics, everyone in our team must be a captain.”

      • polegojim - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        That’s an awesome quote!

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Was that a quote from Dats about Kovalchuk, or a quote from Kovalchuk about not getting the C?

      • patthehockeyfan - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        shortstix -

        I can’t say for sure – it didn’t sound as if it had anything to do with Dats. Here are a few lines from the story:

        “Other candidates were thought to be Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and former NHL player Ilya Kovalchuk, who were alternate captains in 2010.

        Kovalchuk didn’t consider the captaincy all that big of a deal.

        “A patch on your chest means nothing,” Kovalchuk said, according to R-Sport. “To win at the Olympics, everyone in our team must be a captain.””

        That was it.

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        Thanks, Pat. You’re right, it definitely sounds like that was from Kovi in that context.

      • timmmah10 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Datsyuk is the best 2 way player in the league. Not as dominant of an offensive force as Malkin (his size is a huge advantage in the offensive zone) but nobody in the league is better in space than Pavel Datsyuk, IMO. Additionally, Makin is surrounded by top offensive talent on his team, while Datsyuk makes less mobile players like Franzen and Bertuzzi play well above their talent levels.

        Anyone would love to have Malkin on their team. But I think Crosby, Datsyuk, and Stamkos all play on a level above Malkin.

  4. toiletclown - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    datsyuk good captain, malkin better player

    • ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      admit it, you’ve never even seen Datsyuk play unless it was against the Penguins… and seeing as how you know nothing about the Penguins either (as evidenced by your lack of substance in EVERY post about them), I don’t doubt that you’ve never seen him play, period.

    • polegojim - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Both awesome, HOF players, tremendous talent.

      Although – I give Dats the edge, since he’s been great twice as long at this point, and still performing at a very high level.

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      You can repost this when Malkin starts winning multiple Selke trophies.

  5. hazlydose - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I agree that Datsyuk should be the captain for Russia, but I’m actually surprised that it isn’t Kovalchuk. I though he would get the captain and be the torch bearer solely based on the fact that he left the NHL to come home.

  6. hightopandrocket - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    That’s the typical Russian response from Kovalchuk, being that he was raised by communist/socialist family, it’s not about the individual, rather its the team as a whole. It’s all about the commie system, everyone is supposably equal, but they aren’t because that’s impossible, so lets tell the world how great the system is while the majority get screwed.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      you’re sounding like a moron here, just sayin.

  7. hightopandrocket - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    That’s the typical Russian response from Kovalchuk, being that he was raised by communist/socialist family, it’s not about the individual, rather its the team as a whole. It’s all about the commie system, everyone is supposably equal, but they aren’t because that’s impossible, so lets tell the world how great the system is while the majority get screwed.

  8. hightopandrocket - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    In North America we rally, get inspired by a Messier, Yzerman, Bobby Clark, ect.

  9. hightopandrocket - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Thanks buddy, have a great day…

  10. timmmah10 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Yeah, that Commie attitude has really HURT Russians in the Olympics in the past… smh

    In sports, inspiration is only needed for the unmotivated. If your team rallies around the idea that they are a cohesive unit independent of the captain, it doesn’t matter who the captain is. So hightopandrocket, you are saying that the North American teams are more likely to have less independently motivated people, which is kind of a slap in our faces, but kind of true at the same time.

    However, I believe a great team is always void of politics.

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