SOCHI, Russia - As reports from Russia filtered in Tuesday about the cramped quarters of the Olympic Village for Canadian hockey players, many were aghast at the twin beds and three-to-a-room format.
Not Sidney Crosby, who gave a figurative shrug.
“Pretty similar to Vancouver,” he said, referring to the 2010 Games. “Not quite that tight, but we had three guys in a room, and I think (Boston Bruins star Patrice) Bergeron was sleeping in a closet. … To house that many athletes in that small a (town), it's probably what you're going to see.”
Meanwhile, players who were not selected for the Olympics are being encouraged by coach Dan Bylsma to “vacation” or “take a break.”
The ways in which each will choose to do so varied. Center Brandon Sutter will go ice fishing.
“Most guys think I'm crazy, but I'm looking forward to it,” he said.
Count winger James Neal among them: “I'll find myself on a beach somewhere, relaxing and enjoying the time off.”
Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.