Szymon Szemberg, IIHF, May 19, 2010 "Saying no to your country":
When eligible, Alexander Ovechkin always suits up for his country. Photo: Jukka Rautio / HHOF-IIHF Images
When Canada re-entered international competition in 1977, not many observers where impressed by the general skill level of Canadian players. But it was during that period that Hockey Canada invested serious resources into the Program of Excellence which today has paid off in two Olympic gold medals, five men’s IIHF World Championship gold medals, and 15 World Junior gold medals.
How can a player who is 22 or 25 or 27, and who was just eliminated from the playoffs be tired? Tired is a miner who works in a damp pit in Miktivka, in the Donetz Plateau in Ukraine, who never sees daylight and who provides living for a family of five in a modest two-room apartment. That is tired.
Tired is a divorced mother with two young kids who double shifts as a nurse assistant and cleaning lady to make ends meet.
Why is a 22-year-old Sidney Crosby tired when a 34-year-old Ryan Smyth is answering the bell for his country despite having represented Canada at the Worlds already on eight occasions?
I've got this comment:
nobody cares about the world cup. Only Russians pay so much attention to it.
Apparently Canadians pay a lot of attention when there's a chance to take a cheap shot at Ovechkin. Just yesterday Canadian National Post blamed team Russia's boycott of Russian media on Ovechkin. And that boycott happened at the tournament nobody cares about. ...hmmmm Here it is, I let you read an interesting exchange between Nate Ewell, Michael Traikos and Jon Press:
nateewell: The NHL needs Ovi to talk to Russian reporters at a tournament NHL fans don't care about? I miss the connection, @Michael_Traikos
nateewell: @Michael_Traikos He's doing it for his country. The same country that apparently told the team not to talk.
nateewell: @Michael_Traikos I'd also prefer if teams didn't direct players not to cooperate. But this is unwarranted.
nateewell: @Michael_Traikos If this tourney's important, write about the healthy players who turned down their teams
JapersRink: "[Ovechkin] has gone from being the face of the NHL to being a complete farce." What an absolutely terrible article. RT @Michael_Traikos
JapersRink: Starts with cheapshots about appearance, climaxes calling Ovechkin a farce.. Measured. Classy. RT @Michael_Traikos
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