Vladislav Tretiak and Vitaly Davydov released a joint statement expressing their hopes via the Russian Hockey Federation website.
“The whole country will cheering and fearing for you. In our time, we did everything for victory, we brought glory to the USSR, our people and our sport."
Tretiak and Davydov headed a group of 16 Soviet-era legends who acknowledged both the challenge and the opportunity the 2014 hockey team faces, as well as their well wishes.
“Don’t let Russia down, guys! We are behind you and we are with you!”
Here are some more Olympic/International hockey headlines:
- Speaking of Tretiak: He wanted Ilya Kovalchuk - not Alexander Ovechkin - as Russia's Olympic flag bearer.
- Sergei Gonchar hopes to make the Olympic team. If he does he will be the first Russian hockey player to participate in 5 Olympics. He won a silver medal in 1998 and a bronze medal in 2002.
- Attention collectors: The Sochi Olympic pucks have been unveiled.
- Pavel Bure suggests Sochi may be in line for a KHL expansion franchise soon.
- However it appears Norway is not on the KHL's radar. Sweden very much is, though. Malmo is a possibility.
- Hockey Canada has named their women's Olympic hockey roster. I suspect the Americans, however, will be the favourites to win gold.
- Hockey Canada also named their roster to defend their Spengler Cup championship. There's a few names from the past, and a few no-names.
- The NHL's Winter Classic is coming up. But France also held an outdoor game at the site of the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. They set a new French attendance record - over 19,000 fans - in the process.
- Denmark is not a traditional hockey country, but they are looking to make waves soon.
- Hungary has already won the World Junior championship for division II teams. They will be promoted to the big group in 2015.
- Canadian Moe Benoit passed away at the age of 81. He was a gold medallist at the 1959 World Championships and a silver medallists at the 1960 Olympic games.