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12-16-2012, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Xokkeu View Post
I think one first realizes that there never really is an unquestioned #1. Is Canada #1? I would argue yes at the moment. However to some degree this World Championship discussion is a bit reminiscent of a boxer who won the title and refuses to fight any challengers for as long as possible.
You can't be serious? You really believe Canada is trying to duck their competion?

Canadians, who make up well over half of the NHL, are all for having NHL'ers compete at the Olympics. They welcome the competition.

The boxer isn't contractually obligated to paticipate in a much more important event that runs during the same time... The NHL schedules around the Olympics, but aren't going to do the same for a second tier tournament such as the WC.

Russia loves those tournaments though, they love the advantage.. How many gold medals did they rack up at the Olympics with all their best players playing against inferor competition due to most other countries best players being in the NHL?

Russia loves to play with the deck stacked in their favor. Records ar records, right? There should be an asterisk next to a lot of their international gold medals.

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