Dupont: Olympic hockey preview

Dupont: Olympic hockey preview
February 6, 2014, 2:15 am
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We've heard stories of the toilets at the Olympic Village in Sochi and  - to put it kindly - the somewhat Spartan accommodations awaiting the athletes at the Winter Games.

Michael Felger on Sports Tonight said the lack of the comforts of home could be factor when it comes to the Olympic hockey tournament.

Felger said his Postgame Live partner Tony Amonte, the former Chicago Blackhawk, said when he and his fellow American NHLers were crowded seven to a room in Nagano, Japan in 1998, they couldn't wait to get out of there, which led to a quick exit for Team USA from the Games.

This year in Russia, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe sees defending Olympic champion Canada as the favorite - working toilets or not.

"The whole thing changed when the pros came in in Nagano in '98 [the first time pro hockey players were allowed in the Games]," Dupont said. "I know the Canadians won it last time [in Vancouver in 2010]. I think they'll win it again. But the margin is very minimal. Finland can win it. The Czechs can win it. The Yanks can win it."

Even without room service and shower curtains.