Feb 10, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUSSIA; A stray dog rests on the side of the street at an Olympic shuttle stop during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Krasnaya Polyana. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Shifts: Olympic Pooches, No Fights, Top Jackets

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We’re just a day away from the start of the Men’s Hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Games. Here are today’s Quick Shifts:

Security risks, questions over Russia’s policies with regards to human rights; all issues that have received much attention from the media in the lead up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In the recent week, the reports from outside the games themselves have focused on hotel conditions and the fate of Sochi’s stray dogs. There is a connection to hockey in nearly every story it seems, and the Sochi’s strays are no exception. St. Louis Blues center, US Olympian, and dog lover David Backes has arrived in Sochi, and while the upcoming hockey tournament is his main focus, he did take some time to comment on Sochi’s four legged inhabitants. Off the ice, Backes and his wife rescue dogs from kill shelters and attempt to find them loving homes. While his rescue organization cannot currently do anything for Sochi’s canines, he did voice some concern over reports of them being exterminated.

Over at Blue Line Station, Lewis Rosengarten discusses fighting in hockey and how it relates to the Olympics. Lewis finds it interesting that even the strongest proponents of keeping fighting in hockey show such tremendous interest in the Olympic games, even if a single punch will be thrown. It is an interesting point, but it misses the point that very few proponents of fighting only watch NHL games for fights. I like fighting in hockey, but I don’t feel disappointed if two players don’t drop the gloves in a game I am watching. I love hockey first; hockey Fights are just a nice addition to the game, but not 100% necessary for me to enjoy a game.

Over at the Union and Blue, Julia Lawrence listed her Top 5 Columbus Blue Jackets of all time. I find myself mostly agreeing with her list, even if it does pain me to acknowledge Rick Nash at #1. Hey, some wounds take time to heal!

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