American Bill Guerin and Canadian Sidney Crosby back Ovechkin on the Olympic games...
By Rob Rossi, TRIBUNE-REVIEW, Sept. 13, 2009:
The participation of NHL players at Olympic Games is "the way things are now," according to veteran Penguins winger Bill Guerin.
"Every time, no matter where, we want to be there," said Guerin, who won a silver medal with the United States at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. "That's the way things are now. Pros play in the Olympics, and we shouldn't be any different. It's good for the league and good for the sport, and I think we should be there every time."
"Russian or not Russia, I can understand that," Crosby said Saturday in response to Ovechkin's statement last week that he would play for Russia at the 2014 Games even if the league opted against allowing its players to participate.
"We're talking about the Olympics here, celebrating the best athletes in the world. We like to think the NHL is the best league and brings the best players. Why wouldn't you want the best there?
"We feel pretty strongly — me personally, and all the players do — that it could be an opportunity of a lifetime, especially for those guys from Russia. That only happens once in a while."
That makes a lot of sense...