As we all know the Olympic Break is merely days away, and with that the Columbus Blue Jackets will send four (maybe 5 depending on the Marian Gaborik decision) players to Sochi. I am proud to say that our team has players that are playing well enough to represent their countries in the Olympics, but at the same time I am struggling with the fact that I am from the United States, and our boys will be playing against my country. This is what makes the Olympics and having NHLers in the Olympics fun. For a few weeks somebody takes most of the best players out of the NHL and jumbles them all around and then makes them play for world pride. What is not fun is having to watch guys I would otherwise root for play for teams I want to see lose.
Artem Anisimov, Fedor Tyutin, Nikita Nikitin, and Sergei Bobrovsky have all been selected to represent Russia. While I would enjoy much success to come to these gentlemen representing the great city of Columbus abroad, I kind of don’t wish them a lot of success. You see, I am from the United States and with that I want nothing more than to see my home country win gold. Unfortunately that will most likely be at the expense of some great guys that happen to also play for the Blue Jackets. This is quite a dilemma I think many of us fans are facing.
I want nothing more than to see Bobrovsky do well, and then come back to Columbus and use that momentum to carry the CBJ forward. But I also want nothing more to see Patrick Kane or Phil Kessel bury a gold-winning goal. I think when I look into my heart I want a gold medal for the US than for the CBJ Olympians. This isn’t to say I won’t feel happy or sad for these players depending on the outcome, but I think I affiliate more with my country than I do my city, but only because it is the Olympics. The opportunity to see your country play only happens once every four years, so why not just go with it? Let us know how you feel in the comments!