Caps out of Playoffs, but still playing for something

Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, and Semyon Varlamov may be out of the playoffs, but they are still playing hockey for their country at the World Championships.

Representing your country in tournament play is a big deal to the Russians and to understand why I asked Russian Sveltlana Bournikov what hockey means to her country.  Sveltlana and I used to work together and she would always tell me the differences between America and Russia.

“America like football, Russia like hockey,” said Bournikov in her Russian accent.  “It always cold in Russia, we play hockey all the time like you play baseball here.  The players have a real sense of pride in their country, it no surprised they play after the season.”

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