With 19 points, he has more than any other American skater. Among NHL leaders, only Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Henrik Sedin have more. He is Kyle Okposo, the former No. 7 overall pick in the 2006 draft.
Preparations for the Feb. 7-23 Sochi Olympic games have been overshadowed by criticism of a recent Russian law outlawing “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.”
Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety, Evan Lysacek and Kelly Clark are among those kicking off the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Road to Sochi tour, beginning in New York on Oct. 29 — the start of the 100-day countdown to the Winter Games.
President Vladimir Putin sought to ease concerns that Russia’s new anti-gay law would be used to punish athletes who display rainbow flags during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, while insisting that gays are not discriminated against in his country.
Boosted by their 2010 experience, Team USA Hockey thinks winning the Gold medal is possible at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Kozak did not back down on the issue of the new law, which penalizes anyone who distributes information aimed at persuading minors that “nontraditional” relationships are normal or attractive.
After weeks of tough negotiations, the NHL and its players reached a deal with the International Ice Hockey Federation on Friday to put the season on hold again so the game’s biggest stars can compete in next year’s Olympics in Sochi.