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02-20-2006, 11:58 PM
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This would be a good way to guarantee that the U.S. wins the gold medal every time, as we are the only nation that has a serious amateur program.

No player in the RSL, SEL, SM-Liga, Czech ExtraLiga, Slovak Extra-Liga, Swiss League, DEL, etc. would be eligible to play. Even every player on Team Latvia is a professional hockey player. I guess if you go down low enough in the Scandinavian Leagues, 3rd or 4th tier, they are considered amateurs. Not sure on the status of European juniors, but top junior-age players are already playing in the men's leagues long before they turn 20. Canada would be in almost as bad a situation. Remmeber, Major Juniors (OHL, WHL, QMJHL( is considered pro, which is why Junior players are inelgible for the NCAA. This would leave Junior A Players, Canadian Universities, and Senior Leagues for Team Canada.

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