Knee deep into women’s hockey already, the men take to the ice beginning Wednesday morning with a double-shot of games. By the time the Czechs take on the Swedes, and the Latvians take on the Swiss, the Olympic hockey from Sochi will officially be in full swing.
Lost seemingly in the hoopla of the NHL ending, the opening ceremonies beginning, and medals already being handed out is the fact that one of our own home-cooked Oklahoma City Barons (current Oiler) is making his Olympic debut.
Set your alarm clock for 6:30am (CT) on Thursday morning as Martin Marincin laces his skates to square off against the United States in what promises to be a pretty entertaining game.
Despite the Chara-ing of the whole situation, the fact that young Marincin is playing in this game is quite the extraordinary feat. Making a headlong surge in the NHL this season with the Oilers, Marincin has shown promise. Enough to catch the eye of the Slovakian national team. When his name landed on the roster I was impressed. Not many 21 year olds have the opportunity to represent their country in this capacity, and for Martin he will bask in the glow of how incredible these winter games will be on the grand scheme of his career.
Join me for the #MartyParty at 6:30am on Thursday morning (NBC Sports / Live Extra – stateside).
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