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SBD/February 7, 2014/Olympics
Flyers' Snider Doesn't Hold Back, Calls League's Olympic-Related Hiatus "Ridiculous"
Published February 7, 2014
OH, CANADA: The AP's Dan Gelston notes Flyers C Claude Giroux was "snubbed Thursday by Hockey Canada" when Lightning RW Martin St. Louis was picked as an injury replacement for teammate Steven Stamkos on the Olympic team. Snider said of Giroux's exclusion, "It's a farce. He's one of the best players in the game. It's ridiculous. He's better than half the guys on that team. Anybody that thinks that Claude Giroux doesn't belong on the Canadian team, they don't know anything about hockey as far as I'm concerned. It's politics, to a certain degree." He added of Team Canada Exec Dir Steve Yzerman, who also is the GM of the Lightning, "He had to pick his own guy" (AP, 2/7). Snider did say that his comments came after a "very emotional night" Thursday. The Avalanche-Flyers game was "the first game since" former Flyers GM & coach Keith Allen died at the age of 90 (PHILLY.com, 2/7).
CLOSE QUARTERS: Canada Chef de Mission Steve Podborski said that speculation that members of the Canadian hockey team would sleep three to a room in Sochi "was a one-off, with the NHLers sleeping two to a room when they get" to the Olympic Village. He added, "They're two to a room. They'll be fine" (CP, 2/6). The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek notes players "used to luxury hotels and a choice of the world’s finest dining spots on the NHL circuit will arrive in an athletes village, where food is served cafeteria style and the beds are tiny and jammed into their rooms." The players' accommodations "will go from five-star to one-star in a hurry." However, most players "who’ve been at Olympics before speak of the value of staying in the athletes village -- and mingling with sportsmen and women from other countries" (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/7).