Plenty of former Boston Bruins getting ready to suit up for Olympic teams in Beijing as the NHL gets ready to resume after NHL All-Star weekend, including David Krejci for the Czech Republic. Krejci unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 this week and that means he may be sitting out to start the world’s greatest hockey tournament.
But there are plenty of other familiar names participating in the Winter Games this month.
Kenny Agostino and Steve Kampfer headline the list as Team USA participants with Kampfer obviously a longstanding Boston Bruins that played 113 games in parts of five seasons with the Black and Gold before leaving for the KHL this season.
The 29-year-old Agostino spent a year in Boston as a depth forward and was also playing in the KHL this season. The pride of Marshfield, David Warsofsky, is also on the Team USA roster after spending time at both Boston University and the Bruins in his hockey career before moving on to Germany where he’s currently playing. Aaron Ness is a current Providence Bruins player that will also be skating with the Americans after posting nine assists and a plus-2 rating in 31 games with the P-Bruins this season.
There are others, of course: Peter Cehlarik (Slovakia), Martins Karsums, Vladimir Sobotka (Czech Republic), Landon Ferraro (Team Canada), Kaspars Daugavins (Latvia), Joonas Kemppainen (Finland), Joakim Nordstrom (Sweden) and, of course, goaltender Jeremy Smith, who is somehow playing for Team China.
While it’s not the same as NHL players flooding the rosters for the Olympic hockey tournament, it should still make for some very entertaining hockey over the next few weeks.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Patrice Bergeron didn’t leave a big imprint on the ice during NHL All-Star weekend, but it was a memorable trip for his family and the other All-Star players that interacted with him over the few days. (Boston Hockey Now)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rob Simpson has your midterm report cards for the Vancouver Canucks forward group. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
*Credit where it’s due: Kirill Kaprizov did a great job with the Alex Ovechkin impersonation during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. (Washington Hockey Now)
*BTW, during the breakaway challenge even my 8-year-old son was pissed when Jon Hamm’s 19 score won it for Alex Pietrangelo.
Alex Pietrangelo took home the Breakaway Challenge thanks to the home ice advantage 😆 pic.twitter.com/52fHnM2hvq
— ESPN (@espn) February 5, 2022
*Pretty cool that Owen Power is going to make his Olympic debut for Team Canada before he even gets a sniff at the NHL. It just continues to show he made the right decision picking the University of Michigan over the Buffalo Sabres this season. (Hockey News)
*Did you know that Bobby Orr is on twitter? Yes, it’s true!
— Real Bobby Orr (@RealBobbyOrr) January 26, 2022
*Crushing blow for Team USA women’s hockey with Brianna Decker out for the rest of the tournament after a nasty slewfoot against Finland. (Pucks with Haggs)
*For something completely different: Adrien Brody is playing Pat Riley? What is going on here? (Hollywood Reporter)