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Olympic toll doesn't concern Sharp

1/10/2014

Patrick Sharp, one of 10 Chicago Blackhawks chosen to play in the Olympics next month, isn't concerned that the experience will take much of a physical toll on him and his teammates.

"Physically it's anywhere from four to seven games, so I don't know if that's really going to be that taxing on the body like people say it will," Sharp said Friday on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "As a player, the more big games and pressure situations you can be in as an individual, the better off you are in your career. For the 10 guys going over there, it's going to be some good hockey, some good games and when we all meet up again with the Blackhawks in March, we'll be better off for it."

The NHL breaks for the Olympics from Feb. 9 to Feb. 26, with competition in Sochi running from Feb. 12 to Feb. 23. The Blackhawks return from the break on Feb. 27 against the New York Rangers.

The Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues each have 10 players in the Olympics, the most in the NHL. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says rest after the Games will be vital.

"People are asking us how we're going to deal with our team going into the Olympic break. I don't see that being a problem," Quenneville told ESPN.com Thursday. "What I say is, how are we going to be coming out of it? I think rest is going to be very important. Days off."