Tretiak wants Canada-Russia hockey final, Aubut says careful what you wish for

The Canadian Press

SOCHI, Russia - Hockey icon Vladislav Tretiak dropped into Canada Olympic House on Friday, saying he's hoping for a Canada-Russia men's hockey final.

Tretiak said he ran into Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, who told him he wanted a Canada-Russia showdown for gold.

'Me too, I want Canada-Russia to play in Sochi final. It's very important. I'm ready. I don't know, is Canada ready?" the former star goalie, speaking in English, said with a laugh.

"But you may lose," Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut interjected.

"Doesn't matter, doesn't matter. Play final, very important," Tretiak laughed.

Tretiak, who helped light the Olympic cauldron and is now the president of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia, was accompanied by his wife and daughter.

"I like Canada very much," Tretiak said. "Because Canada is same as Russia, strong. Strong team, strong people. We're the same.

"Vancouver, same weather," he added, drawing laughs.

Tretiak was once a goaltending coach for Aubut's Quebec Nordiques.

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