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01-02-2013, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Xref View Post
By allowing NHL players to represent the US (and other countries), there will never be another opportunity for a Miracle on Ice. That, in and of itself, is reason enough to keep NHL'rs off team USA rosters. If any of you are old enough like me to have witnessed that event, you'll know what I mean.

Ever since the NHL started to participate in the Olympics, it's been a downer for me. Just a pick-up game of pond hockey. And in some cases, an embarrassment to the NHL and the US (recall the hotel trashing, etc). Between all this, and shutting down the NHL for 2 weeks to accommodate it, NO THANKS!
Don't get this thinking.

The 2002 Belarus team begs to differ. It was pros playing pros, but it was a miraculous win all the same.

Also, there were massive parades in the Czech Republic after they defeated their former masters Russia 1-0 in an emotionally charged final in 1998.

Allowing NHL players to play has not prevented major upsets from happening or made victory any less euphoric.

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