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Here are the practice plans for the United States and Canada

Feb 8, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

Sochi Olympics Ice Hockey Men AP

Hello from Sochi. Just thought I’d pass along the tentative practice plans for the American and Canadian men’s teams, per the Olympic media website. As you probably know, the NHL charters leave for Russia on Sunday. Both squads have booked ice times for Monday, the day of their arrival. The Canadians have one at 7:15 p.m., the Americans a bit later at 9 p.m.

The two teams also plan to practice Tuesday and Wednesday. They both play their first games Thursday.

I doubt these sessions will be particularly strenuous, but the coaches may want to run through some basic system stuff, and the players will want to find their legs after the long flight, and also get used to the big ice and their new teammates.

It’s only practice, but I’m sure there will be some fun things to watch for, particularly the line combinations and defensive pairings. I’d also be willing to bet the coaches will tell reporters something along the lines of, “Don’t read anything into these,” as if they just pulled them out of a hat.

  1. boukengreen - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    All this about practice. I mean it’s not a game. We’re talking about practice

  2. blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    “Don’t read anything into these” …

    Yeah … and don’t drink the tap water either !

    Even though they’re taking ‘direct’ charter flights, the fact remains that the Canadian and US teams are the only ones traveling ‘long haul’ to Sochi and for sure that won’t be easy (ie: compare that to the ‘pansy-assed’ 3 hour flight which the Swedes will be making or the neighborhood commute of the ‘furtive’ Swiss). Regardless, I still predict that the eventual Gold medal winner will be either Canada or the US ! :)

    ps: seriously Brough, only drink ‘bottled’ water over there ! … Blomfeld

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Brush your teeth with the bottled water too. Do not let any water in your mouth in the shower. Otherwise, get ready for the Hershey squirts!

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Hershey squirts ?

        Trust me friend, excrement is the ‘least’ of one’s concerns over in that region. After Chernobyl, I vividly recall reading accounts of ‘crazed’ 10′ tall rabbits and ‘demented’ fish with arms going after people for no apparent reason.

    • shortsxit34 - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Well, if you’re talking about Russian tap water that might actually be good advice.

  3. hazlydose - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Bylsma hasn’t scheduled a wiffle-ball game for Team USA?

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