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12-05-2012, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by darmitage View Post
this is CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!why can,t all players even with NHL teams come and play for there country if they are eligible?

this is where soccer in Europe has it over Hockey, no soccer team in Europe would tell the players that they can,t play for there country it an honour!
The NHL clubs have a say because they're investing millions of dollars into players to play for their team. Representing the national team is secondary, especially at the junior level. What if they're forced to allow these players to play and they get injured? It could ruin a teams season or the development of that player (depending on severity). If the players signed a contract with their NHL team and added clauses so that they could be released for all national team events then it would be acceptable to force them to release the players. Nobody does that though.

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