MOSCOW, February 11 (R-Sport) - NHL Hall of Famer Igor Larionov offered Monday to produce special wine to honor the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Since leaving the NHL in 2004, three-time Stanley Cup winner Larionov has started his own winery producing hockey themed wines under names as Hat-Trick and Slapshot.
“I’d be happy to take part in this. I think that the Olympic guests would get a lot of happiness from this drink,” he said, extending an offer of negotiations to Sochi 2014 organizers.
“But this wine isn’t Coca-Cola. You can’t start talking about creating wine like this two weeks in advance. The harvest is in September and October, so if this topic’s interesting, you need to talk about it today already.”
Larionov earlier said he was sure the NHL would allow its hockey stars to compete at the Olympics.
Sochi 2014 organizers have come down hard on unlicensed products using the Olympic brand in regions across Russia, most recently shutting down production of “Olympic” boiled sausage.
He won two Olympic gold medals with the Soviet Union before moving in 1989 to the NHL, where he played 921 games for the San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils.
Russia’s first Winter Olympics run from February 7 through 23 next year.
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