The highly anticipated, however anti-climatic announcement of NHL players representing their respective countries in the 2014 Winter Olympics was made official this afternoon. The games which will be held in Sochi, Russia will take place February 12th-23rd, 2014 and the league will allow additional time ranging from the 6th to 26th of February.
In a press conference held in New York prior to the NHL Entry Draft, Nashville Predator’s General Manager, David Poile and Pittsburgh Penguin’s Head Coach, Dan Bylsma were officially named to head up Team USA’s efforts to seek their first gold medal in the Olympics since professional players started being used in the 1998 games in Nagano.
“Winning gold should no longer be considered a miracle,” USA Hockey President, Ron DeGregorio said, “it’s the expectation.”
As for what to expect from Coach Bylsma in regards to coaching against his two Penguin superstars in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, he bluntly said, “I’ve coached Sidney and Evgeni a long time now, four-plus years, so I am acutely aware of their strengths as players. Having said that, I’m a little concerned Crosby knows me as a coach and knows my strengths and weaknesses and he will bring that to Team Canada.”