As some of you may know, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are less than a year away and all eyes will soon be on Russia within the next few months.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been three years since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics which saw many athletes become household names. Team USA lead the overall team medal count with 37 medals, 9 of which were Gold. However, Team Canada led the way with 14 Gold medals, but only 26 overall medals.
The most important competition leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics had to be Men’s Ice Hockey.
There was tremendous pressure for the Canadian team to come away with the Gold, but the USA team looked poised to steal it off their necks. However, no one will ever forget the heroics by Sidney Crosby in the Gold medal match which saw him score the game winning goal in overtime.
It will be 4 years since that crushing defeat for Team USA, and this up and coming team will look to once again foil another hockey power house in their own soil, Russia.
As I researched and looked around the NHL for players that will most likely be on this team, I found myself saying similar names to last Olympics team.
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As if this summer wasn’t already painful enough with the potential lockout being announced in 4 days, the Bakersfield Condors had to go and make things even worse…or should I say, bizarre?
According to the NationalPost.com, the ECHL team has offered the “Boyfriend” singer an amateur tryout contract for this upcoming hockey season.
I know I know. This must be some sick joke right? Unfortunately, it’s real.
Apparently the head coach of the Condors Matt O’Dette was quoted saying,
“Very rarely do you see this combination of skill and toughness,” he said in a statement. “I’ve scouted some video of him online skating with my hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I think he could provide some elusive speed up front for us.”
He even reserved a jersey with Bieber’s lucky Number 6 on it in hopes that the millionaire would leave behind his “music” to play semi-pro hockey.
Well, I have one thing to say to you Mr. O’Dette…Dream Big.
If the below video is any indication of Bieber’s “toughness”, then they’re in for one heck of a season. And I mean that in the most negative way possible.
Lets hope for the Condors sake that this is just a public relations stunt. Because if O’Dette’s scouting skills of Bieber are reflective of the rest of the team, it could be a LONG season for the Bakersfield Condors.
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