Tuesday, February 05, 2002

Divided Loyalties-The Men's Hockey at the Olympics points out how the NHL has changed since the end of the Cold War. As a Red Wings fan, I'll have a rooting interest in five countries, as the US (Hull and Chelios), Canada (Yzerman and Shannahan), Russia (Federov and Larionov), Sweden (Lindstrom) and the Czechs (Hasek) will have Red Wings playing for them. I was remembering a few years back when they would have the Red Wings would have the "Red Army" unit of five Russians, with Federov, Larionov and Kozlov up front and Fetisov and Konstantinov on defense. That would get opposing fans chanting "U-S-A, U-S-A!" Fetisov's acoach with the NJ Devils (if memory serves), Kozlov got traded to Buffalo in the Hasek deal and Konstantinov was paralyzed in a limo crash, but it was good fun while it lasted.

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