February 19, 2014

Russia Hasn't Been a Hockey Power for Years

Barry Petchesky, Deadspin

The Associated Press

There will be a tendency to blame Russia's superstars, of which there are many, but this was a team failure. Some of the best players in the world are Russian, but Russia is not one of the best hockey nations in the world, and has not been for a long time. Olympic success has dried up since other nations began sending their pros, and the Russian/USSR national team has not won a true best-on-best tournament since 1981's Canada Cup. Russian hockey dominance is a Cold War-era relic.

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TAGGED: Sochi Olympics, Russia, Hockey, Vladimir Putin


February 18, 2014
No Miracle on Ice in Sochi
Marc Thiessen, Washington Post
Team USA’s defeat of Russia at the Sochi Olympics is being called the biggest U.S. Hockey win since the 1980 Miracle on Ice. It was a thrilling victory, to be sure. And if the U.S. wins the gold, it will be a great moment for... more ››
February 11, 2014
Russia Wants Hockey Gold -- Too Much
Lawrence Martin, Globe & Mail
Building expectations, the Russians have been saying that the hockey prize is far and away what matters most at these Games. We can imagine how their man of steel, President Vladimir Putin, will gloat if they pull it off. It’s... more ››
February 6, 2014
No More Mr. Nice Putin
Fiona Hill & Steven Pifer, Los Angeles Times
Russia's president wants nothing to spoil the Sochi Olympic Games. But they will come and go, and the less kind, less gentle Putin will be back. more ››
February 9, 2014
Olympics Are Putin's Baby
The Daily Star
For President Vladimir Putin, the Sochi Games represents so much more. This is his baby, his opportunity to consolidate national pride, and to show the world that Russia is back, and is here to stay. more ››
February 10, 2014
To Move Putin on Syria, Reference Leningrad
Trudy Rubin, Inquirer
A Russian veto might convince the White House that it needs to revisit its Syria strategy, and add more muscle, if it wants Putin to take the Geneva talks seriously. If the memory of his mother's suffering doesn't move Putin,... more ››