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The Quiz: Which Russian player will be toughest in Sochi?

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TSN.ca Staff
8/28/2013 8:50:57 PM
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NHL on TSN host James Duthie was joined in Calgary by Taylor Hall, Patrick Sharp, and Milan Lucic for a special Olympic Camp edition of The Quiz. Give us your own responses in the Your! Call section below.

There were five No. 1 picks on the floor at this camp. Who would go number one in a ball hockey draft? Rick Nash (2002), Sidney Crosby (2005), Steven Stamkos (2008), John Tavares (2009), or Taylor Hall (2010)? Or you can go off the board. Let's start with Milan.

Milan Lucic: I'm going to go with Johnny T. John Tavares...just because of his hands, you saw at the last All-Star Game what he did in the (skills) competition. He's got that lacrosse background in the family with his uncle, so I'm going to have to go with him.

Patrick Sharp: You can't go wrong with any of these guys. Playing with Crosby the last couple days he was pretty good, but I've got to take Stammer. He was definitely running the fastest and working the hardest out there so I've got to take Steven Stamkos.

James Duthie: Taylor, you're sitting right here and they gave you no love whatsoever.

Taylor Hall: I saw that coming. I'll go with Sid, I think his skills will translate pretty well to the floor.


I know you guys will answer Canada for gold, so who will win silver in Sochi: Finland, Russia, Sweden, or USA?

Hall: I think Russia will use the crowd to its advantage and I think they'll pull through.

Sharp: I guess I will change my answer and go with Team USA. They had a young team in the last Olympics, they have some good skaters over there and they want to build off what they did last time.

Lucic: I say Sweden just because they won (in Torino) in 2006 and they won the last World Championship...and they look good again.


Who is your favourite Team Canada candidate from Thunder Bay, Ontario: Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Marc Staal, or some guy named Patrick Sharp?

Lucic: I'm going to say Patrick Sharp, just because of what he did to us in the Final, so he's a clutch player.

Sharp: Well, I thought maybe Jared Staal might be on there instead of Patrick Sharp, but I'm going to say myself just because I have to give myself some love here.

Hall: I'm going to go with Eric Staal. He's a great player, I played with him at the Worlds this year and he's a returning guy.


Which member of the host Russians promises to be your toughest individual adversary: Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin, or Alex Ovechkin?

Hall: I'll go with Ovie. I think he'll be raring to go, he just won the Hart Trophy this year, and I'll think he'll do well in front of his home crowd too.

Sharp: I've got Datsyuk. Being on the Blackhawks we've played the Red Wings quite a bit over the years and Datsyuk has incredible skill, ability, and he plays a 200-foot game.

Lucic: I'm going to say Malkin just because I've played against him a lot, and in the playoffs this year and he's a big strong skating puck-possession guy. I think him on the big ice is going to be fun to watch for the fans.


All right, final question and pay attention. During your orientation meetings this week, they wanted to familiarize yourselves with Sochi and Russia, so we're going to find out if you were paying close attention. Which one of these countries is closest to Sochi: Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia, or Turkey?

Lucic: Was it Turkey?

Duthie: I cannot tell you yet...we'll go on to Patrick.

Sharp: I was going to say Turkey, but I'll have to go with Georgia.

Hall: I'm pretty sure it was Georgia.

Duthie: The answer is Georgia. Congratulations you two - but I have bad news for Milan. This was a big part of the evaluation and by getting it wrong you are no longer eligible for Team Canada...so best of luck in 2018 and thanks for participating in The Quiz from the NHL on TSN.

Alexander Ovechkin (Photo: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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