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Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby (DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press)
Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby (DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press)

NHL players begin to arrive in Sochi Add to ...

NHL players are on the ground in Sochi as charter planes have begun landing.

More planes are scheduled to arrive at Sochi/Adler International Airport over the next few hours.

Team Canada has a practice set for 8 p.m. Monday night. Executive director Steve Yzerman and the management team will address the media shortly before that.

Alex Ovechkin, the unofficial face of these Olympics, tweeted his arrival in Russian: “We are in Sochi!!” Nine of his teammates who play in the KHL have been in town already and practised Sunday.

After injury replacements and other late changes, 148 NHL players are on national-team rosters as of Monday. Changes can be made up until three hours before the start of the first game of the tournament, which is at 9 p.m. local time Wednesday.

Social-media reports documented some developments throughout the arrivals process. USA Hockey tweeted a photo of coaches Dan Bylsma, Tony Granato and Peter Laviolette being the first to arrive, and Ovechkin updated his followers by letting them know once he reached the athletes village.

Canada’s chef de mission, Steve Podborski, tweeted that coach Mike Babcock came through the courtyard and liked the bikes that were available to ride around and the weather.

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