Olympic Games create opportunities for hockey players

Blum said some NHL teams had offered him two-way contracts but he turned them down because he can earn more money in Russia to better provide for his wife, Emilie, and their son, Jackson, who live in Ladera Ranch. “Every year I play in Russia I try my best to get back. It’s definitely a hard life being away from your family and living in Russia,” he said. “This is another opportunity for me to showcase my talent and, hopefully, get back. But if not, I’m happy playing in Russia and this is an unbelievable experience that I’ll never forget.”