The great part of watching the Olympics -- be it the Summer Games or
It’s incredible. You can feel the passion and the excitement and, for a lot of the events, I find it hard not to root for everyone because as an athlete you know the sacrifices they have made to be on this stage and perform at this level. Getting to the Games is such a huge accomplishment in itself that it becomes hard not to be happy for all the athletes involved.
The athletes aren't the only ones making sacrifices. The
I am a huge fan of this in that it provides the top talent a chance to compete against each other and brings exposure to our sport and the NHL. Olympic hockey is truly a special event and the most talented hockey you will see in Sochi.
The pressure on all these guys will be immense due to the format of the tournament. Anything can happen in the medal round, which is one-game-elimination, and that makes for exciting hockey. A hot goaltender can steal a big game and really change the landscape of the podium.
But that’s why you send the best players over there. They can deliver and perform in high-pressure environments.