No phones? No lights? No motorcars? Not a single luxury?
Let's hope there's plenty of bamboo.
Honestly, unless one country is singled out for better or worse treatment than the rest, they're all on the same playing field. Maybe ones from less advanced countries will benefit because they're used to a rougher existence, but the others are in the same boat... luge... whatever.
I may be remembering this wrong so I'm putting this out for those who may remember in hopes that someone will confirm or refute this.
As I recall, Vladdy was amongst those benefiting from the Toast of Hockeytown and other fund-raising charitable events when he was first injured and began his rehab up until his lawsuit against Gnida and/or the limo company was settled.
As far as responsibility, I'd think that the NHLPA would be more beholden to help than the team, but I can see why the team (and owners) would have a personal reason to step up and help.
In the end, we don't owe each other (outside of our families) anything. Rising up and giving to each other out of the goodness of our hearts is what makes us realize the good that is out there and gives us incentive to carry on and contribute to help those who need it in the hope that they will continue as they are able.
He was waived too. Maybe they'll be picked up by the same message board and live happily etherafter.
Seriously, for all the crap Emdog got, he wasn't all that bad. I was actually relieved when he got called up this year because it was someone who already knew the system and the players. He fit right in without having to go through freshman jitters. Good call up, just not good enough to be here all the time.
Honestly, I think that you have to be in their shoes to make the decision.
How many of you would bungee jump? Work graveyards in a convenience store alone? Go camping in Yellowstone?
No way would I bungee jump (don't like heights) or camp where there may be bears and/or snakes. OTOH, I've worked graves in a c-store for years. Every time one gets robbed, people come in and ask me if I'm afraid. I don't understand what there is to worry about. If it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen, and the odds are pretty slim.
Of course, you could say the same about bungee jumping, camping with bears, dancing with wolves, flying in an airplane, driving a car, or playing hockey in Russia, but each of us has the place where we draw the line. We have our own risk/reward ratio.
If I was chosen as an Olympian, I'd be on the plane, but that's just me. I can understand and respect the decisions of those who think that the risk is too great, but I'd go. Unless I was on a plane with a bungee jumping bear. Gotta draw the line somewhere.
It doesn't matter where games are held. If someone wants to be a terrorist, they're going to find a way to disrupt a public thing like this.
I understand why the NHL would do this, but the players are going as private citizens, not as employees of the NHL and should be allowed to make their decision as private citizens. If an individual country decides not to participate, that's a different story since they are sending the athletes to represent them.
I hope they go and that if any group is going to try anything that they are caught before anyone gets hurt and that they are seriously punished (death sounds good to me).