- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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BOSTON -- The Winter Olympics are only a few weeks away, and Bruins players who will be competing for their countries have echoed the growing concern about security threats in Sochi.
The Bruins will be well represented during the Winter Games. Team captain Zdeno Chara will serve as captain for Slovakia and will also carry his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony. Forwards Patrice Bergeron (Canada), David Krejci (Czech Republic) and Loui Eriksson (Sweden) and goaltender Tuukka Rask (Finland) will all represent their countries in Sochi.
Also, Bruins coach Claude Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli will serve as an assistant coach and team adviser, respectively, for Team Canada.
"Well, I don't think you can stand here and say there's not concerns at all [about Sochi security]," Julien said prior to Monday's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at TD Garden. "You don't like seeing what's going on, but there's no doubt that what's happened lately is certainly -- they're trying to obviously shake us, and probably in a lot of cases they are succeeding. But that is the thing that we have to do: We have to try and fight through that.
"At the same time, you have to hope that the people in charge are doing the best they can. There's never any guarantees in this life, and you'd like to make it as safe as possible. That's basically all I can say, because my job is to go there and help coach a team and hope that the people in charge of that are going to do the best job they can and make it a successful Olympics."
"It's something, obviously -- we know that the security is going to be there, and hopefully they're going to take care of that," he said. "It's something that we've heard over the past few weeks and months, but, to be honest, I haven't thought about the Olympics yet. I'm still here.
"I'm not necessarily concerned about it. I'm confident that the security is going to handle it."
In the past, many athletes have brought their families with them to the Olympic Games, but this time around some are debating whether or not it will be a safe venue for them.
"I told my family not to go, but my mom wants to go, so I can't stop her. I would prefer if she didn't go," Krejci said on Thursday. "I understand everybody who doesn't want their families to go. It's a scary situation. I'm sure the Russian president is going to take care of everything and he'll make the Olympic Games safe, but we'll see what happens."
Julien said on Thursday that he and his wife are trying to figure out whether or not she will join her husband on the Olympic trip.
"That's still a debate right now," he said. "Not my family. If anything, it will be my wife, but that's still under debate right now. There is concern, like anybody else, but there's concern like that everywhere else. I think it's been exposed more because of what it represents, but it's a decision we'll make later."