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Report: NHL players have contingency plans if violence strikes Olympic Games

Jan 25, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT

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Security is a major concern going into the Olympic Games in Sochi and the NHL and NHLPA are prepared in case the worst happens.

According to Alan Maki of The Globe And Mail, the NHL and its players will reconsider going to Russia if there is a terrorist strike ahead of the Olympic Games. Maki adds that if there’s a significant attack during the Games, the Canadian men’s team will return home.

The United States has reportedly prepared similar plans to extract any citizens from Russia should problems arise.

Maki hears from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly about the NHL’s participation in the games amid the safety worries.

“I don’t anticipate having to reconsider our decision to participate, but I’m also not in a position of knowing what the next 15 days will bring. We won’t put our athletes in a situation where it is obvious that their participation would subject them to an unreasonable risk of danger.”

Recent events in Russia, including two suicide bombings in Volgograd, have athletes from around the world concerned. American athletes were recently warned by the State Department to not wear American uniforms outside of the Olympic venues.

  1. joey4id - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Be wise! Be careful! Be safe! Be proactive! Nothing is more important than the safety of the athletes.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    This is a very major concern of mine!

  3. jasminedonut - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    I dont think the lack of uniforms will prevent anyone from knowing the who the American athletes are. Just listen for the loud, dumb people, and there you go, American.

    • badgerhockey77 - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      Let me guess. You must be Canadian?

      • jasminedonut - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Lolo Jones = loud and dumb. I am sure there are many other athletes like that in US.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Up until now, I’ve ignored your anti-American remarks, you freakin’ troll, jasmine.

      If this site would allow it, I would tell you in simpler terms (that you might be able to understand) to go ahead and do something to yourself that is anatomically impossible.

      Go and crawl back under that bridge from whence you came.

  4. supercoop8 - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Hide in plain view, put on bear suit and ride a unicycle.

  5. tougie24 - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    It’s a shame that it seems like a when, not an if, that there will be an attack during the Olympics this year.

  6. penguins87and71 - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    I’m very concerned for not only the Penguins stars but the stars of every other NHL team. This terror threat is a big deal for me because a lot of the NHL’s stars are going over there. It would be a tragedy if someone is hurt or killed.

  7. liquid55 - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Yea lets show terrorists that we are afraid of them because that will definitely stop them!

  8. mbtampa - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    How times have changed. The only thing we really had to worry about when I worked the ’80 games in Lake Placid is if the town had enough beer….

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      1980 was very peaceful. It wasn’t like there was a massacre at the Olympics eight years earlier or we were in the midst of the Cold War with Russia.

      • mbtampa - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:38 AM

        In Lake Placid things were pretty cool. The Russians that mingled were pretty sociable, including some Army members.

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        America’s upset of the Russians at Lake Placid remains the biggest win ever for an American Olympic team.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        I’ve never heard of that game, was it big?

  9. csilojohnson - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Dont worry. Putins got it under control.

    • skr213 - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      I thought his top priority was taking on all those dangerous gay people?

    • jhaegs - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:41 AM

      He’s Putin safety at the top of his list… sorry.

  10. jhaegs - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    Thanks a lot, Bin Laden!!! 😕

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      I get it, jhaegs. The Hangover. Thumbs up.

      And, in response to a couple of other posts, not only is the safety of the NHL players important, everyone’s safety is important. Athletes, families, fans, the people responsible for cleaning the streets. Everyone.

      It’s nice that U.S. athletes are warned not to wear their U.S. gear outside the Olympic village; however, the terrorists aren’t targeting just the U.S. Their goal is to kill as many people as possible. They do not discriminate. In fact, if the terrorists did discriminate, they’d be targeting Russian athletes first, since their hatred of Putin and all things Russian fuel their terrorist acts.

      Everyone – be safe.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        Let me amend that. If (a big IF) the terrorists target anyone, it would be the Russian security personnel. Putin has 40,000 of them there.

  11. jimeejohnson - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Muslim terrorists are a windbag losers who looks for soft targets. There’s a chance the Russians will kill them before they can unleash their coward’s bombing. You’re certainly not going to see a hostage situation like in Munich because the Russians are a lot more skilled at counter-terrorism than the Germans were. Still, if there is a “Black Widow” terrorist around, it’ll be difficult to stop her.

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