Thursday marked the one-year countdown to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. If anyone would be expected to be looking forward to that, it would be Sidney Crosby.
The Penguins center scored the overtime goal against the United States that gave host Canada a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
During recent lockout negotiations, the NHL did not resolve whether to let its players continue to play in the Olympics. Talks about that could begin soon.
"I had a great experience," Crosby said after the team's morning skate at Consol Energy Center in advance of the home game against the Washington Capitals.
"I think everyone in the hockey world enjoys that -- cheer on your country and see some great hockey. To be part of that whole experience -- not only the hockey, but seeing all the other sports, being able to go through that -- I think anyone who's been there would love to be a part of it again.
"Hopefully, we can all find a way to make it work."
Crosby stopped short of outright vowing to go to Sochi. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Washington winger Alex Ovechkin have said they plan to play for host Russia, their homeland.
Ovechkin indicated he has already gotten permission from Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, "so I feel pretty good about it."
But Ovechkin figures it's mostly an issue for the few countries that supply the most players to the NHL.
"To be honest with you, it's only Russia, Canada and the U.S.," he said.
"If Canadians want to go, it's their choice.
"But I think all the Russian guys are going to be there. We're going to represent our country in our country."


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