February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The mystique that surrounded hockey players from the old Soviet Union and Russia vanished when they began to populate NHL locker rooms and win many of the league's most important trophies. The team ethic prevails whether the guy sitting next to you is from Moscow or Moose Jaw. But if the mystery is gone, the contrast in their games remains strong and should be evident when Team USA and Russia face off Saturday before an expected raucous crowd at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
February 4, 1989
The difference between ice hockey and soccer: In soccer, the thugs are in the stands, and in ice hockey, the thugs are on the ice. MARSDEN A. THOMPSON Los Angeles
February 26, 2010 |
Defending Olympic hockey champion Sweden was sent home in the quarterfinals by emerging power Slovakia. Russia, expected to score its way to a gold medal, was undone by its lack of passion and defense and was run out of town by Canada. Few events in this tournament have gone according to form, starting with host Canada straining to beat Switzerland and stumbling against the U.S. in the first round, which sent the team to a qualifying game that stressed an entire nation. But each of the four teams that will meet in the semifinals Friday has displayed one consistent trait through 10 pressure-packed days here.
February 17, 2001
So the Grizzlies would rather not have to share an arena with a professional hockey team? I don't see why that would stop them from moving in with the Ducks. JORDAN CHODOROW Los Angeles
February 18, 1998
The reporter whose disclosure that Samuelsson carried an American passport led to the Swedish defenseman being kicked out of the Olympics has received threats from angry readers. Svenska Dagbladet, a Stockholm newspaper, reported a steady stream of e-mail, faxes and telephoned threats directed at reporter Janne Bengtsson.
March 15, 2003 |
Ian Laperriere is the King nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, as voted upon by the Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Assn. The trophy is awarded to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
February 28, 1987
The NHL would do well to keep their mid-season All-Star game against the Russians. As an avid hockey fan, I feel compelled each season to watch the NHL All-Star game. The overpaid pros' showcase is a bore, as is their excuse-me-did-I-bump-you-with-my-bodycheck attitude. Come on, NHL. Prove you are the best. If your All-Star team won't play the Russians, then how about a world championship against those great Russian players? LARRY JOE ALYEA Los Angeles
February 13, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Twenty years ago, in Slovakia's first Winter Olympics appearance as an independent nation, Peter Stastny was given the honor of carrying the country's flag into the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Games. In an odd twist of hockey fate, Stastny's American-raised son, Paul, played against his father's homeland Thursday and confirmed the quality of his own international hockey credentials. Paul Stastny contributed two of six goals scored by Team USA during a frantic second period as the Americans went on to a 7-1 rout of Slovakia at Shayba Arena in both teams' Olympic tournament opener.
February 18, 2010 |
For Team USA and host Canada, the first game of the Olympic men's hockey tournament was about shaking their jitters. Each was a little disjointed Tuesday, with Canada blanked by Norway for 22 minutes and the U.S. scoring only once in the first 25 minutes. Each gained momentum and wore down an inferior opponent. Canada defeated Norway, 8-0, and the U.S. sweated a bit before beating Switzerland, 3-1. "I think we had a lot of nervous energy as a team. I know for my part, I did," U.S. goalie Ryan Miller said.
February 19, 2010 |
Sidney Crosby didn't know that Olympic rules permitted him a second shootout attempt after his first try for Canada caromed off the right leg pad of Switzerland and Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller in the teams' preliminary-round game Thursday. "I wasn't sure what the format was," the Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise player said. "Then the coach came over and said, 'You want to go again?' " Given a second chance by Coach Mike Babcock , Crosby didn't miss. He beat Hiller to the stick side to start the fourth round of the tiebreaker and Canada goalie Martin Brodeur stopped Martin Pluss to salvage a 3-2 victory and two points for Canada against the hard-checking and resilient Swiss at Canada Hockey Place.