Skip to comments.USA-NHL Stars Choose Olympic Village Over Posh Lodgings
Posted on 02/11/2014 1:05:27 PM PST by nikos1121Edited on 02/11/2014 2:53:55 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
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Parise has been a constant in international competition for Team USA since he was a teenager, including a memorable moment in 2010. He has been named captain for this squad after being an alternate captain on the silver-medal team in Vancouver. Parises goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation against Canada four years ago sent the thrilling contest into overtime before the American's lost 3-2 on Sidney Crosby's goal. Parise finished the tournament with four goals and four assists in six contests, giving him 16 goals and 12 assists for Team USA dating back to his time with the U-18 squad in 2002. He also played in two world junior championships and three worlds tournaments before being named an All-Star selection in Vancouver. Parise is a five-time 30-goal scorer in eight-plus NHL seasons with New Jersey and Minnesota, where he's played the last two campaigns with a fellow U.S. teammate, star defenseman Ryan Suter.
Yay for the NHL players!!! Down with the NBA snobs. Gotta love the hockey mentality. They give everything for their teammates in the game and the shirt off their backs to anyone else. NBA stars? Um, not so much.
Hockey, hockey...that’s the one where when they score the players kiss one another, right? Oh, wait, no, that’s soccer. Hockey is the one where when they score they PUNCH one another. Got it. BTT
The “posh lodgings” were reportedly less than 2 miles from a disputed border with the Republic of Georgia.
Parise is on my fantasy hockey team. Unfortunately, I’m not getting any fantasy points for Olympic performance.
I root against the NBA aholes whenever they play.
Now they need to put a few holes in the team bus to "Make It Look Mean."
I went to a fight once and a hockey game broke out..
This is really quite easy to understand. One only has to look at the number of condoms used in the typical Olympic village. You’re going to be surrounded by women all over the world in top athletic form... Sign me up for that squalor any day!!!
Haahahaaaaaahahaha. How stupid of me not to see that.... Haahahahaaaaa!!!!
Olympic hockey is nothing more than NHL players returning home to form an all star team and hitting the olympic ice........
And the problem is as a Dallas Stars fan, my only hope is that Jamie Benn and Lehtonen make it through without getting hurt.
GOD Bless these MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A lot of NHL players from other nations are staying in the village...even saw a photo of Henrik Lundquist in his Sochi Oly Village room...my Army barracks 25 yrs ago was more lavishly furnished.
I like the NHL more than NBA for reasons such as this. Though, wonder if they can find a bed long enough for Zdeno Chara ;)
The IOC let in the NBA because the Red Army hockey team were their pros.
Olympic hockey, and other sports, lose something when professionals were allowed to play. At least in my book.
Well all the other Olympians became professionals too, so the concept of “amateur” is pretty much relegated to history.
I'm aware of that and it changed the face of olympic basketball and hockey for the worse..........
If I want to see a conglomeration of international hockey and basketball players, I'll watch the NBA and NHL all star games..........but not in the olympics.
Oh, I understand it. I just think, with the advent of professionals, the spirit of the games is lost. I mean, that’s what made the 1980 hockey win so amazing. Amateurs/ college kids against the Russian pros and winning gold.
A few years ago, I purchased a Vancouver Canucks’ T-shirt from a time I visited the city. Bought it purely as a souvenir plus I like the shade of blue. I wore it later, on a red-eye flight from Las Vegas to Florida which stopped in Atlanta. I awoke with a note “see your flight attendant.” When I inquired, she asked about the shirt but more so was a Dallas Stars’ fan. And was she ever. I awoke to a flight attendant: I should have stopped telling the story at that point. :-)
“This is really quite easy to understand. One only has to look at the number of condoms used in the typical Olympic village. Youre going to be surrounded by women all over the world in top athletic form... Sign me up for that squalor any day!!!”
BINGO! Plus, the wealthy pro-athletes are the stars-to-the-stars, making them the Alphas of this party.
NBA? What is the NBA? Never heard of it. Don’t watch it. Got sick of Koby Japan and LeBron Obama.
Thanks for the ping and go USA hockey!
Schedule of events here:
USA women lost to Canada today 2 to 3.
USA men play Russia Sat 2/15.
YAAAYYY USA HOCKEY!!!
Where do you draw the line? Some of these amateurs have such technical and expensive training it's difficult to call them amateurs.
I don't know how you'd draw the line anymore.
There should be World Cup for hockey and basketball, like there is for soccer....I realize they do have them, but they’re not really taken seriously.
That's correct. Case in point, The Moscow Red Army team we beat in 1980 were absolutely pros.
I don't know how you'd draw the line anymore.
I agree. It used to be an amateur was someone who never took money to play their sport. At least, that was a partial requirement.
In the end, it's just my feeling. My desire to see rank amateurs compete.
Some of those speed skaters and that female luger seem to be people who had developed their skills before being taken over by high-tech 24/7 training. The attitudes of those who had to work hard for everything they get is so refreshing.
It's so rare today. Here's an example. I have friends who adopted a Chinese girl who's now four years old. Because they know nothing about here ancestry, they're striving to have her experience a lot of things. She's short, she's strong, she's flexible, and the gymnastics school is already moving her up to advanced toddler training!
Has anyone seen the women’s ski teams? That’s reason enough for wanting to stay in the Olympic village.
NHL’ers rock. NBA? No so much.
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