Olympic Men's Hockey 2014: Complete Guide to Sochi Winter Games

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Olympic Men's Hockey 2014: Complete Guide to Sochi Winter Games
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There is no better hockey than what you'll find every four years at the Winter Olympics. The best players on the planet get together for a two-week tournament, and it never fails to deliver.

With the NHL's biggest stars on display once again, the 2014 Sochi Olympics should be no different.

The hockey festivities will begin Feb. 12 with simultaneous games at separate rinks, one between the Czech Republic and Sweden at the Bolshoy Ice Dome and another between Latvia and Switzerland at nearby Shayba Arena. The puck will drop on those games at 9 p.m. locally, and they will be the only two contests that day.

The best of the best will be taking part in this year's tournament. This is the fifth straight time the NHL is sending its players to the Olympics—all in all, close to 150 NHL players will be taking part—which makes it must-watch television for any hockey fan.

This year's tournament will feature 12 countries vying for gold, with Canada, Russia, Sweden and the United States the favorites. Canada is the defending champion, having defeated Team USA in the gold-medal game in Vancouver in 2010 on Sidney Crosby's overtime golden goal.

This slideshow is designed to get you prepared with all the pertinent information for the 2014 tournament. It features schedules, television and live-streaming information, group breakdowns and players to watch. If there's anything you need to know—including what time games start in North America—you will find it in here.

So sit back, click through and bookmark this page to use as your guide over the next two-plus weeks.

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