Sochi Olympics Hockey

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Thank you!It’s been over a week since the ending of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. All good times come to an end, and so will our blog project and active updates of this Tumblr page. We hope you have enjoyed our original articles in ‘Series - Going for Gold’ and ‘Top 5’ as well as our more entertaining content. 
We would like to thank you all for joining us on this adventure, the likes, reblogs, comments, messages, support and your engagement over these past few weeks! It has been a great and valuable experience for us. Best wishes to all of you with your blogs, school and life!
Sincerely,The Sochi Olympics Hockey team 

Thank you!

It’s been over a week since the ending of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. All good times come to an end, and so will our blog project and active updates of this Tumblr page. We hope you have enjoyed our original articles in ‘Series - Going for Gold’ and ‘Top 5’ as well as our more entertaining content. 

We would like to thank you all for joining us on this adventure, the likes, reblogs, comments, messages, support and your engagement over these past few weeks! It has been a great and valuable experience for us. Best wishes to all of you with your blogs, school and life!

Sincerely,

The Sochi Olympics Hockey team 

Top 5: Sochi Olympics All Star Team

The Sochi Olympics hockey tournament saw the rise and fall of many players stocks and value. At the end of the tournament those players who best stood out, were selected by the media and directorate (click here) for the All-Star team. The Winter Olympics are a unique event, held every four years, and it advocates world unity, love for sports and emphasizes the "Olympic Spirit". Below you find our own Sochi Olympics All-Star Team selection.

Goaltender: Jakub Kovar (CZE)

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Kovar lets another one in. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Kovar plays in the KHL and holds an impressive 93.2 SVS% in 46 games played. However, his Olympic totals resulted to 20 minutes played, a 70 SVS% and 8.63 GAA, making him the statistically worst goaltender at the Sochi Olympics. 

At Sochi Olympics, Kovar played the opening hockey game for the Czech Republic against Sweden. Despite his strong play during the season, he decided to demonstrate great sportsmanship in throwing the game in favor of Sweden, allowing the Swede’s to score three goals in the first period giving them a better chance of finishing first in the group stage and going for gold. 

Defenseman:  Alexander Bonsaksen (NOR)

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 Bonsaksen about to help Finland. Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images.

The Norwegian defender plays for Vålerenga in the GET league and has had a great solid season with a +23 rating in 36 games played. 

Bonsaksen has represented Norway since the 2004 season, providing veteran poise and leadership. The Norwegians are known to be helpful and considerate and Alexander demonstrated this by leading by example at Sochi Olympics. Norway were a long-shot from a medal at Sochi Olympics hockey, so in the spirit of the Olympics, he turned the puck over on multiple occasions to opposition players, giving them plenty of chances to score goals. If this was not enough, he also offered take silly penalties, which would give other teams a player advantage to score more goals. As a result of his efforts, Bonsaksen was the tournament leader in both penalty minutes and accumulated the worst rating at -8, but all for the greater good of world hockey.

Forward: Alexander Ovechkin (RUS)

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Ovechkin congratulates Parise on win. Photo: Brian Snyder / Reuters

The Russian hockey superstar was the poster boy of the entire Sochi Olympics and Russia. He is a superstar by many standards and also leads the NHL in scoring with 32 goals.

However, despite his elite scoring ability (and demonstrating it in already 77 seconds into their first game), Alexander ‘The Great’ decided to, in the spirit of friendship and fair competition, show mercy to other teams by restraining himself and not to score any more goals for the rest of the tournament, giving other teams a fair chance to beat Russia. 

Ovechkin demonstrated oft-cited Pierre de Coubertin’s statement that “The important thing is not to win, but to take part, epitomising the Olympic spirit”.

Honoroable mention: Vitalijs Pavlovs

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Pavlovs on the ice. Photo: Screenshot / Getty Images.

The relatively unknown 24 year old Latvian forward plays in the KHL for Dinamo Riga, and is not considered a star player by any standard, but he grabbed the headlines due to his actions during Sochi Olympics.

Using the substance methylhexaneamine to boost his energy, he provided his underdog team with endless sacrifice, willpower and unimaginable work ethic in advancing all the way to the quarter finals, before just barely being beaten by Canada. In 5 games, Pavlovs assisted on one goal.

He showed that despite lacking in scoring skills or many other talent areas, an athlete could compete at the world’s highest level by taking shortcuts, demonstrating honesty and transparency, but most importantly adhere to 'fair play'. An ideal shared widely by the Russian Olympic organizers as they fulfilled Putin’s Olympics (link). 

Writer: Thomas Koponen

Who do you think deserved* to be on our list?

Photo: Screenshot of @TomHertl Twitter account/ Tomas Janovsky.
The “Teenage mutant ninja turtle” Tomas Hertl is exercising after returning from an injury. He is on a trip with San Jose Sharks in Philadelphia where he was working out as “The new Czech Rocky”!  
Hertl is the greatest prospect for Team Czech Republic and would have played in Sochi Olympics, if not for serious injury sustained weeks before the tournament. He is expected to make a great national team career and play for them at next Olympics if NHL hockey players are allowed to participate.

Photo: Screenshot of @TomHertl Twitter account/ Tomas Janovsky.

The “Teenage mutant ninja turtle” Tomas Hertl is exercising after returning from an injury. He is on a trip with San Jose Sharks in Philadelphia where he was working out as “The new Czech Rocky”!  

Hertl is the greatest prospect for Team Czech Republic and would have played in Sochi Olympics, if not for serious injury sustained weeks before the tournament. He is expected to make a great national team career and play for them at next Olympics if NHL hockey players are allowed to participate.

Top 5: Over 40 at Sochi Olympics

Some hockey players are like wine, they get better with age. Below we list players older than 40 years old who participated at Sochi Olympics 2014 and still remain competitive and important for their teams. This will also presumably be their last hockey Olympics. 

Rankings:

1. Teemu Selänne

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Teemu’s final game. Photo: Tomi Hänninen.

The 43 year old “Finnish Flash” is still scoring and he was voted tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). Due to omission of both Koivu’s, he was counted upon to carry the captaincy, and as a result of other injuries, he was placed on the first line to balance out youngsters Mikael Granlund and Aleksander Barkov. He played magnificently, scoring four goals, with two coming in the bronze game against the USA to complete a magical farewell for many hockey fans around the world. Selänne promised not to cry after the game, despite being emotional and humbly expressing the pride he has found in wearing the Finnish jersey for 26 years. Sochi Olympics 2014 was Teemu’s 6th Olympics (!) and he is the all-time leader in goals and points. In 37 games at the Olympics, Selänne has scored 24 goals and 43 points. 

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Top 5: Sochi Olympics Moments

Ice hockey is the crown jewel sport, the king of the Winter Olympics. Below we discuss some memorable moments from Sochi Olympics 2014.

Rankings:

1. Olympic Ring

This was the most expensive Olympics yet, exceeding the budget by a milestone and dwarfing any previous Winter Olympics. The budget is still not released and we will never know how much Sochi 2014 cost, but estimates are already in over $55 billion dollars. Therefore, it was seen as a national 
embarrassment when during the flashy opening ceremonies, one of the five Olympic rings did not ‘open’. 

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The fifth ring fails to open. Photo. BBC

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The greatly missed at Sochi Olympics, Hertl, is back on ice!

Na návrat do sestavy San Jose ještě Tomáš Hertl pomýšlet nemůže, po zranění kolena zatím začne s bruslením.

(Photo: Sport.cz)

Czech “Teenage mutant ninja turtle” superstar was injured on 19th of December after a collision with Dustin Brown from LA Kings. Due to the injury he not only lost his chance to compete for Calder Trophy (the best rookie of season) but to play at Sochi Olympics Hockey where he was greatly missed by team Czech. 

according to csnbayarea.com Hertl went on a trip with SJ Sharks to Philadelphia and will start start practicing with the team within days. 

Top 5: Injuries at Sochi Olympics

We list the most significant injuries that had effects on overall team performance at Sochi Olympics. Included in list are players who made the roster, but were either unable to participate days before the Sochi Olympics or were injured during the Sochi Olympics. The team that defied the odds and continued to perform?

Rankings:

1. Finland: Valteri Filppula, Aleksander Barkov and Mikko Koivu. 

No team suffered more substantial injuries than Finland, yet they showed great team spirit and work ethic and earned a deserved bronze medal at Sochi Olympics. This, despite missing arguably their Top 3 centers and captain (4 if you include Saku Koivu). Fortunatly, the Finn’s were deep on Center’s as Immonen/Granlund, O. Jokinen, Kontiola and Lehterä carried the load and new replacement players (it was reported that even reserve Bergenheim was nursing a small injury and hence refused the selection) jelled well with the rest of the team in their respective roles. 

2. Sweden: Henrik Zetterberg, Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen. 

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Top 5: Sochi Olympics surprise performances

Below we mention five key surprise moments that have occurred in the tournament (with the exception of the medal games) at the Sochi Olympics 2014 in regards to the Men’s Ice hockey tournament. 

1. Slovenia

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PHOTO: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images. Slovenia advance to QF.


Slovenia entered Sochi Olympics as the weakest team and nobody expected them to compete. They had one NHL star in Anze Kopitar, but even more incredible was that this was a country with only seven indoor hockey rinks and only

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