KENORA native Mike Richards won gold in Vancouver but says that has no bearing on his status today. Babcock has been clear there are no guaranteed spots for 2010 winners. Richards says the hottest players should go, as they’ll give Canada the best chance to win.
“It’s kind of the way you want it. You want to earn your spot. It’s a lot of fun and you want to be part of it. Vancouver was great and I’d love to be in Sochi,” said Richards.
A quick start to the NHL season is key, says Richards.
“It helps. You have to put an emphasis on each game and there is no chance to take games off, like you might when you get lost in a long season. You have to play every game like you should and like you need to,” he said.