Former Russian superstar Pavel Bure shared his view on the upcoming Olympic games in an interview with Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press. After scoring nine goals in the 98's edition, adding a bronze medal in Salt Lake City 2002 and serving as GM in Turin, he's going to simply sit on the stands for the 2010 Olympic Games.
I think [the Olympic tournament] is the best. All of the best superstars can go and participate, that’s why it’s really hard to win this tournament. All the teams are pretty even. You need a little bit (of) luck in this tournament and all the games are really important because you lose one game and you’re out. It’s really interesting for fans and it’s a great promotion for hockey in general around the globe.
[I'm doing] no predictions. There’s probably going to be like six or eight teams that can go all the way. Eight teams will be in the quarter-finals, anything can happen. There’s possibly going to be some huge upsets. You never know, that’s why it’s interesting.
You know you don’t have too many chances to go there. Maybe like once in a lifetime. You never know what’s going to happen in the future - maybe the NHL won’t let the players go to Olympic Games, that’s why it’s the opportunity of your life.