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FYI: Players don’t get entire Olympic break off

Jan 28, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

James Reimer; Randy Carlyle AP

Informative article here by the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle about how the 17-day Olympic break works. In case you thought otherwise, the players who aren’t representing their countries in Sochi don’t get to spend the whole time lounging by the pool in some tropical destination.

For players not going to the Games, the break does in fact start on the ninth, but it actually ends on the 19th at 2 p.m. local time, which is when teams will call them back to practice. Instead of a two-and-a-half week break, they really only get 10 days away, and some will spend that time in the AHL.

According to Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, the days leading up to the resumption of the NHL schedule (on Feb. 26, except for Buffalo and Carolina) will “basically be a training camp all over again.”

Which the players will surely enjoy.

Related: The Blues have a ‘plan’ to battle Olympic fatigue


  1. btlpper68 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    NHL needs to get out of Sochi it is a war zone I was recently there Betman needs to get them out

    • joey4id - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      I don’t know that it’s a war zone, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the NHL does pull them. I wonder what the repercussions will be if they do decide to back out. 1) Financial lost (who cares if every is safe), 2) Does the NHL have an alternative schedule ready to resume league activities asap 3) TV contracts, ADs etc.. 4) the olympic schedule

    • stakex - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      If you think Sochi is a war zone, you’ve obviously never been to a war zone. Is there a lot of security? Yes… but it wouldn’t be much different anywhere else, since the Olympics are always a possible terrorist target.

  2. muckleflugga - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    yeah … better get them out

    just like atlanta

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