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09-24-2012, 12:52 AM
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Originally Posted by JackSlater View Post
The 50 year thing is way overblown. People in Canada didn't really care a great deal about losing in the Olympics before NHL players were involved. It was just expected. Winning in 2010 was a once in a generation opportunity to win on home ice, and it was a chance to make up for the debacle in Turin. Winning in 2002 was about making up for the painful loss in 1998 more than the loss in 1996, although that added to it. Ultimately it just seemed like winning while the Olympics were in Canada trumped all of the other plotlines in 2002. The celebrations were definitely crazier anyway.
Maybe it's just events being fresher in memory because I remember a lot of ink being split back in the lead up to 2002. Canada had lost to the US in 1996, lost in 1998 badly and hadn't won anything since 1991. Canadian writers were bemoaning the death of Canadian hockey, and American writers, the few there were, were proclaiming American dominance of the sport. All complete bull turd, but I guess you have to write something in your column. Anyway, far be it for me to tell Canadians which game was bigger but my personal opinion is that 2002 was a more important win.

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