The national team of Russia on hockey

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SOCHI, August 5. /TASS/. The Russian team will be one of the favorites of the hockey tournament at the Olympic games 2018 in Pyeongchang. This opinion was expressed to journalists by the General Manager of team Canada’s Sean Burke.

“On paper the team is very good team with great players. It’s hard to say who will be favourite in Olympic games, we haven’t seen anybody yet. Probably, the Russian team will be one of the favorites. In a tournament like the Olympics, you have to play well,” he said.

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“The Olympic tournament will be great and very resistant, – continued the expert. There will be plenty of players who previously were not too well known on the world stage. The chances to win are many Canadians including” .

Now team Canada is in Sochi, where he participated in the preseason tournament representative. “The coaching staff has yet to decide who is worthy of participation in the Olympics. After Sochi, we will return to Canada and will make a decision, this also applies to players from the Junior leagues.

Can’t say that someone from the AHL will go to the Olympics,” concluded Burke.

Team Canada hockey won the last two Olympics in Vancouver and Sochi.

In early April, the NHL announced that it will suspend regular season in February of 2018 at the Olympic hockey tournament, while noting that the issue of individual players will be discussed separately. In late may, NHL Commissioner Gary Betmen said that none of the players in the League will not participate in the Games in 2018.

Olympics 2018 will be held in South Korean Pyeongchang from 9 to 25 February.

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