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01-02-2013, 02:32 PM
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The difference between doing the Olympics and Canada Cap (or whatever), is that Canada Cups and World Championships and World Juniors and the like are essentially still for real hockey fans. The Olympics are not - they are mainstream, it's a difference audience, and for once the sport is actually the main event. The NHL doesn't gain from that, but they'd never lose from it either.

As for people saying that there wouldn't be "feel good stories" akin to the Miracle on Ice, ask someone in Minsk how they feel about 2002. It would still be possible, it just wouldn't be possible for America.

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