There are five different Boston Bruins players
playing in the Olympics for five different teams. Is Zdeno Chara, playing for Slovakia, going to lay out his Bruins teammate David Krejci if he gets the chance?
Not a chance.
Anyone who makes the argument that they want to see the best players in the world should just watch the NHL. Those are the best players in the world. The Olympics don’t even feature the best players from the NHL (see Kyle Okposo). And the players that are featured are playing against players that they earn their bread and butter with. It’s a mini-vacation in the middle of the season for a bunch of millionaires. I don’t buy the “representing their country” line. In 1998, the U.S. team trashed their rooms in the Olympic Village. If representing their country meant that much to them, they wouldn’t have acted like a bunch of college freshmen on their first night away from their parents. The only thing the current system assures is that something like the 1980 Miracle On Ice is never going to happen again.
And I’m never watching the Olympics again. Of course, I’m never watching the Bruins again either, but whatever.