CALGARY, Alberta – There’s been plenty of talk of the upcoming Winter Olympics, most of it revolving around security and fear of terrorist attacks. While there are contingency plans in place in case of emergencies, Chicago Blackhawks players are still not worried about safety.
The Globe & Mail reported Monday that there are emergency-exit strategies in place for NHL players in case of attacks, be it before or during the Games. But Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who are participating and bringing their families with them, said they’re not too concerned.
“It’s on everyone’s mind; I think maybe a lot of that is kind of the storyline, something for people to talk about. But I feel confident in bringing my family over there. That’s what I’m going to do and enjoy the Olympics. Everything else will be taken care of,” Toews said Tuesday morning. “I’m sure this isn’t the first Olympic event that someone out there’s tried to disrupt in some way. We haven’t seen it in a while, or at least heard of it. You go on that notion and I think everything will be safe for me, my family and all the other athletes.”
According to the Globe & Mail story, players will reconsider going if there are attacks before the Games begin. If there’s an attack during the Games, the Canadian men’s team will leave.
Kane talked of the concerns last week, not long after Team USA athletes were advised not to wear team colors outside of the Olympic village. Kane, whose mother, sister and girlfriend will go to Sochi with him, wasn’t overly concerned then. He still isn’t.
“You hear stuff. Obviously it’s going to be a concern at first. At the same time, just from talking to people at USA Hockey and the Olympic committee, too, everything seems to be in place over there to the point where we should be secure, should be safe.
“There’s a lot of talk about something happening but that’s out of our control,” Kane continued. “There’ll be a lot of security there. Hopefully everything there goes according to plan. No one wants to be embarrassed so I’m sure we’ll be OK. You want your family to be safe, and that’s your main concern. Other than that, you worry about playing hockey and try not to worry about anything else.”