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Chasing Glory 2014

Chasing Glory 2014

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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SET FOR A SHOWDOWN

IN THE CONTINUING BATTLE BETWEEN CANADA AND the United States for women’s world hockey supremacy, the ball is now in the Americans’ court. During training camp in the summer, the players wore T-shirts bearing the slogan ‘Our team, our time’. Though the Americans are the defending world champions, Canada has won the gold medal in three consecutive Olympics and 10 of 15 world championships. Encouraging for coach Katey Stone, though, is that the Americans have come out on top in five of the past seven worlds. The two teams are such bitter rivals they almost got into a full-scale brawl during an exhibition game in the fall. And given their history as the women’s game’s two superpowers, those feelings will continue. Veteran Julie Chu, 31, has played in three Olympics, but hasn’t…

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RUSSIAN PRIDE

WHEN THE NHL AND IIHFwere still shadow boxing over the participation of big-leaguers in Sochi a few years back, Alex Ovechkin took a stand. He told the world he was going to compete in the Games at home regardless of the outcome of the talks. “I don’t care,” he said. “I’ll go play in the Olympic Games for my country.” Do you think ‘Ovie’ and his compatriots are a tad stoked? That’s one of the reasons we are predicting the Russians to win Olympic gold for the first time as “Russia” (do we count 1992 in Albertville when they made a one-Games-only appearance as the Commonwealth of Independent States or “Unified Team?”). It’s not that all nations don’t have huge incentive to gun for ultimate glory; it’s that the margin between the…

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MORE THAN MEDALLISTS

WINNING AN OLYMPIC gold in hockey isn’t just a boon for the players atop the podium. Just about everyone from the victorious nation gets to share in the joy. And the impact can trigger a number of incredible events and tributes not even the most experienced observer can predict. For instance, when the Czech Republic stunned the world by winning gold at the 1998 Nagano Games, the team was honored not just with the standard parade and public party, but also an opera. No, that’s not a misprint. The Czech National Theatre commissioned an opera entitled “Nagano” to chronicle the squad that defeated Russia in the final. Key characters in the production included NHL stars Jaromir Jagr, Dominik Hasek, Martin Rucinsky and Robert Reichel, as well as former Czech president and…

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FACEOFF IN SOCHI Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin

THERE ARE MANY GREAT THINGS ABOUT Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Come to think about it, if they decided to retire from the game immediately, they’d both be locks for the Hall of Fame. Perhaps neither one is quite as spectacular as when he first came into the league, but there is a sense of excellence that has come with maturity as they enter their peak years as NHL players. And like all superstars, they have an impeccable sense of timing. All the great ones do. And as we approach the 2014 Sochi Olympics, that unique ability has never been more prominently on display. Ever since Crosby scored in overtime to give Canada the gold medal at Vancouver 2010, he has spent most of his time injured. And Ovechkin has spent…