NHL Takes a Break to Participate in the 2014 Winter Olypmics


“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” –Olympic Charter

The 2014 Winter Olympics started Thursday, February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

The USA Hockey team in the 2014 Olympics includes players from almost every team in the NHL.  Many sources are saying that it will be hard for another team to beat the USA team because they have so many good players this year.  The forwards on the team include: Zach Parise, Max Pacioretty, Dustin Brown, Derek Stepan, Paul Statsny, Joe Pavelski, Ryan Kesler, David Backnes, Blake Wheeler, Phil Kessel, Patrick Kane, T.J. Oshie, and Ryan Callahan.

The defense includes Brooks Orpik, Ryan Suter, Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk, Paul Martin, Cam Fowler, John Carlson, and Justin Faulk.

The goal tenders include Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, and Jimmy Howard.  Sources say, that the USA has a big chance of making it out of the group stages.  Women’s hockey starts Saturday night, but men’s hockey will take place next Wednesday.

Posted below is the schedule of the teams for the first few games.

1 21:00 C Czech Republic vs. Sweden
2 21:00 C Latvia vs. Switzerland
3 12:00 B Finland vs. Austria
4 16:30 A Russia vs. Slovenia
5 16:30 A Slovakia vs. United States
6 21:00 B Canada vs. Norway
7 12:00 C Czech Republic vs. Latvia
8 16:30 C Sweden vs. Switzerland
9 21:00 B Canada vs. Austria
10 21:00 B Norway vs. Finland
11 12:00 A Slovakia vs. Slovenia
12 16:30 A United States vs. Russia
13 21:00 C Switzerland vs. Czech Republic
14 21:00 C Sweden vs. Latvia
15 12:00 B Austria vs. Norway
16 16:30 A Russia vs. Slovakia
17 16:30 A Slovenia vs. United States
18 21:00 B Finland vs. Canada

From many sources, USA should do pretty good in the Olympics, but watch them for yourself to see what really happens.