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11-04-2012, 09:38 PM
Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Czech Your Math View Post
Maybe so, but in general (not just hockey), the Olympics stand out. You could probably find some guys in grass skirts deep in the Congo who have still heard of the Olympics... or some Eskimoes who have never heard of Mario who know what they Olympics are.

I'm just saying, for a player who had never played in the Olympics, who had a chance to play the next year in the first best-on-best Olympic hockey tournament, with the chance for Canada to win its first gold medal hockey since the 50s... well, it seems like that would be a lot to pass up for a player if he really thought he could play another season.

Maybe it wasn't important to him, maybe he thought Canada would win in a cakewalk, maybe he just wanted to be with his family or had a critical top secret mission to attend to... IDK, I was just curious after thinking about it.
I'm pretty sure there have been many times where professional athletes took a pass on going to the Olympics. In hockey Nikolai Khabibulin comes to mind in 1998 and if I'm not mistaken Sami Kapanen also took a pass in 2006, P Roy in 2002, Miikka Kiprusoff is another. If Mario was an active player in 98 he might have gone but I can't see it having any impact on his decision to retire.

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