Olympic Q&A: Meszaros: Every time is 'special'

Olympic Q&A: Meszaros: Every time is 'special'

Dropping the Gloves: What awaits Flyers after the Olympic break

February 13, 2014, 10:00 am
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Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros will appear in the Olympics for the third time with Slovakia. (USA Today Images)

This is the second day of the men’s Olympic hockey competition in Sochi, Russia.

It’s a far busier day, with four games involving three Flyers –- Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Michael Raffl (Austria) and Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia).

Austria will be hard pressed to defeat Team Finland as Raffl and Timonen face each other head-to-head. Slovakia and Russia might be more evenly matched than expected.

Here's what Andrej Meszaros has to say about playing in Sochi.

Q: This is the third Olympics for you, Andrej. Does it still feel the same?

Meszaros: Every time for me was special to represent my country, whether a World Championship or Olympics. Whatever it is. For me, it feels like my first time again. It’s very nice because every four years, it’s in different places. Guys will be together again as a group and have some fun and, hopefully, we have some good games and get results.

Q: What are your expectations?

Meszaros: For me, it’s like wherever I play. It’s a team thing and not about individuals. When you have a good group, you can do more damage than individuals. It’s all about country. That’s the mindset.

Q: You haven’t played much with the Flyers this season. Could this Olympics help you this coming summer in free agency to get another contract somewhere?

Meszaros (laughing): I wish I had an answer for that. Hopefully, if I play well enough. It’s a longshot. We still have a lot of games left.