Great news for Olympic Hockey tournament! NHL players will take part in 2014 Olympics!

The NHL announced Friday the League will pause the 2013-14 regular-season schedule from Feb. 9-25 so its players can participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics, to be held in Sochi, Russia. The decision to again send NHL players to the Olympics was a joint agreement between the League and the National Hockey League Players' Association.

The dozen nations competing for gold in Sochi are Russia, Slovakia, the United States, Slovenia, Finland, Canada, Norway, Austria, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland and Latvia. NHL players should have a presence on each of the 12 teams.

Slovenia is participating in its first Olympic men's hockey tournament after failing to qualify for the past six. Austria is back in the tournament for the first time since 2002, and Belarus and Germany, which took part in the 2010 tournament, did not qualify for the 2014 event.

For Crosby (of the Pittsburgh Penguins) and Canada, it will be an opportunity to become the first country since the Soviet Union in 1988 to repeat as Olympic champion. The Unified Team, which comprised Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Armenia, also won gold in 1992.

Bookmakers say that favourites to win the gold medal are Canada, Sweden, USA, and Russia which is the host country and will be under tremendous pressure to win this tournament. Anyway we will see ow it goes in February 2014! For sure it is going to be a great event! Russkie Prostori will be there and you have a chance too! Just drop us a line or call us and we will get back to you how to get there.