WILMINGTON -- While the Winter Olympics in Sochi are still a couple of months away, the rosters for men's hockey teams will be announced within the next 10 days.
That means its right around the corner in the fast-paced world of the NHL, and it also means many of those expected for Olympic duty are keeping an eye on an unstable situation over in Russia. Twice in the last week, suicide bombers have struck for deadly attacks in the country -- once at a train station and once on a trolley bus in the city of Volgograd. The attacks have put the world on high alert that the upcoming Winter Olympics could be a target for evil, cowardly terrorists.
Tuukka Rask is expected to be one of the goalies for Team Finland, and likely the starter given the hip infection issues affecting Pekka Rinne. But the Bruins netminder wasn’t going to let the sad news in Russia affect his plans to live out his boyhood dream playing hockey while representing his country.
“I guess you trust the system that nothing happens, but you can’t live your life in fear,” said Rask. “I hope nothing stupid happens during the Olympics. I know there’s been talk about it that the threat is there.
“But I’m not too concerned. I’m just going there to play hockey, and hoping that all goes well.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien is also planning to be in Russia as part of the Team Canada coaching staff. He had an attitude similar to his goaltender.
“I think those kinds of things are everywhere nowadays," Julien said. "It’s been in this country, and it’s been everywhere. There is no doubt security will be beefed up even more. I’ve said this before, I don’t want to live my life based out of fear. You live your life to the fullest, and you do the best you can trying to be the in the right places at the right times, and hopefully not being a part of this situations.
“You need to trust the people in charge of security and feel comfortable.”
Both player and coach unfortunately lived through the Boston Marathon bombings last spring, and they know terrorist attacks aren’t unique to Russia by any means.
“It’s a sad truth. There are some crazy people in this world with a thought process that’s a lot different than a normal person,” said Rask. “We can’t control that. We just have to hope that nothing happens.”
According to CNN, no one claimed responsibility for the recent Volgograd blasts, but they occurred several months after the leader of a Chechen separatist group pledged violence to disrupt the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics that begin on February 7.