It was an extremely eventful weekend for the NHL following the league’s announcement of its continued participation in the Olympic Games, which will take place in Sochi, Russia mid-February. The agreement to compete in the 2014 Winter Games created a nearly three week sabbatical for any non-Olympic competitors, but was considered an important facet of the sport for both fans and athletes.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the new schedule is the league’s realignment. For Dallas especially, realignment means more time in the team’s same time zone and less time physically on the road travelling overall, but will keep the team on the higher end of the division’s roadies. Check out the travel break down here.
The decision to participate in the 2014 Olympic Games was not an easy one, especially after a half-season lockout last year left teams scrambling to recover from the lull. But giving some of the league’s best the opportunity to represent the 12 countries that will compete in the games attracted the attention of both the league and the players.
Stars fans will likely have plenty of reason to keep an eye on the 2014 Winter Games, but more so with the announcement that the team’s new head coach will be taking an assistant spot on the bench for team Canada. Lindy Ruff, former Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien will all take place on the assistant coach roster, and Detroit’s Mike Babcock will reclaim his position as Canada’s head coach.