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Datsyuk - Team Russia captain for Sochi

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Pavel to captain national team on the Olympics

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Captain of the Russian Olympic team at the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk, the correspondent Sportbox.ru Alexei Shevchenko.

This decision was taken coaching staff headed by Zinetula Bilyaletdinov. This specialist said at a press conference devoted to the preparation of the national hockey team and the application at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014.

Recall that in the group stage in Sochi team Bilyaletdinov meet with teams from Slovenia, Slovakia and the United States.

Sorry for the poor English - translated the article with Google

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Heard this on the radio this morning. Makes perfect sense. Comment they made though was that he isn't even the captain of his NHL team....which is a silly comment since the captain of his NHL team isn't Russian.

Interesting though, I wonder how many of Olympic captains will not be captains of their regular teams. Can't figure that out yet as not all captains have been named. I haven't followed it at all, but I know at least Canada hasn't named their captain yet. With Canada, though, it will be a captain as it will either be Crosby or Toews.

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This is an honor indeed for Pasha. His body of work speaks for itself. We should be very proud of both our captains.

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To think the Wings could have had 3 Team Captains in the Olympics if only Cleary had made the Canadian roster.

true true...... and if only uwe krupp was still here!

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So happy for Dats, and was really hoping Ovie wasn't the one wearing it haha

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Just seen it tweeted by red wings news feed, and less importantly, helene st. James.

Is St. James looked upon with disdain? This is news to me. I usually go with Khan first and her second.

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Is St. James looked upon with disdain? This is news to me. I usually go with Khan first and her second.

It never used to be a thing, but lately it's started popping up. I think the general consensus on St. James is that she doesn't really matter one way or another, but a small minority tend to think of her as a company-line hack. Presumably because she's a beat writer and therefore tends to just report on what management says, rather than doing more in-depth analysis like other sports journalists.

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It never used to be a thing, but lately it's started popping up. I think the general consensus on St. James is that she doesn't really matter one way or another, but a small minority tend to think of her as a company-line hack. Presumably because she's a beat writer and therefore tends to just report on what management says, rather than doing more in-depth analysis like other sports journalists.

Actually, I think the biggest knock against her is that she tends to make assumptions and leaps in logic, rather than just straight-up reporting the facts and leaving it at that. Also, her writing itself isn't great, and she's definitely a company-line cheearleader.

As for Dats - good for him! I'd assumed they'd give the C to Ovechkin (being Ovie) or maybe Kovalchuk (KHL loyalty). He was definitely my pick, though.

I wonder how much Sochi - and maybe the possibility of being the captain - has been weighing on him. He's been good this season, but also a bit off.

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Excellent! I hoped they wont name primadona Kovi their captain.

They made best possible choice though.

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That's because Datsyuk is the best Russian to ever do it! He deserves these honors and i'm excited for him.

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I love Datsyuk, but I'm concerned that the pressure, and the need to talk to the media a lot, go against his character and may become a distraction. We (Russia) really need our top center 110% there.

On the other hand, its hard to be mad at Dats even if the team weren't doing well.

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I love Datsyuk, but I'm concerned that the pressure, and the need to talk to the media a lot, go against his character and may become a distraction. We (Russia) really need our top center 110% there.

On the other hand, its hard to be mad at Dats even if the team weren't doing well.

I think Pavel is absolutely the right choice not only is he a great player he is also a class act. But to your point I wouldn't worry about the media, he is tough mentally and he will be playing in his own country where he knows the language and will feel more comfortable speaking to the Russian media then he does to the English speaking media. But the pressure on him and for that matter the entire russian team will be insane. I don't expect the team to crumble but they will have their hands full with the fans and media expectations.

Go USA! :clap:

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To think the Wings could have had 3 Team Captains in the Olympics if only Cleary had made the Canadian roster.

snub of the year. unbelievable that he didn't make the cut..

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So happy for Dats, and was really hoping Ovie wasn't the one wearing it haha

Actually, Ovechkin said that Pasha should be captain. He's played in four Olympics, and has a bronze medal. That gives him the most seniority on the team, I think. So why not?

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So Datsyuk has no problem being a captain, then why didn't we choose him over Z?

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