The Chicago Blackhawks are the reigning Stanley Cup champions after they dispatched the Boston Bruins in the Cup Final last season and as a result of having a roster littered with star talent, those players have been chosen to represent their home country’s in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
However, that may not necessarily be a good thing according to Jim Jamieson, the Hawks could experience a post-Olympic swoon as a result of the extra workload.
The Blackhawks have 10 players headed to the winter games representing the United States, Canada, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Each of these four teams have a great chance to be palying very deep in the games which run from Feb. 8-23.
The longer these players are playing, the more minutes and wear and tear these players endure which would result in players performing at less-than-peak levels post-Olympics when teams are making a playoff push.
“The gruelling travel and short tournament will take more of a toll on older players. It’s obvious that the more miles a player has on his odometer makes it more difficult to recover.”
The Blackhawks find themselves in a dogfight with the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the Western Conference who have seven and 10 players headed to Sochi, respectively, so while Olympic hockey is one of the main attractions, it could ultimately impact the NHL playoffs and who raised Lord Stanley’s Cup in the spring of 2014.