The deal right now is, the NHL has yet to commit to the 2014 games in Russia. The reason—the hours the games will be played in Russia, the league fears will attract few viewer, which means, little publicity for the National Hockey League.
But the growing Russian influence in the NHL, led by the greatest player on the planet, Alexander Ovechkin, and he has made clear once again, the NHL and the Sochi games are a must.
"I'll go play the Olympic Games for my country," Ovechkin said. "If somebody says to me you can't play, see ya."
The NHL has been developing one of the best rivalries in all of sports between Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguin superstar Sidney Crosby. Crosby backs the Ovechkin stance.
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