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01-09-2013, 11:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Dynamo81 View Post
Just out of curiosity, why did they participate in Japan (1998) and Italy (2006)?
1998 was a test run for the Salt Lake City games in 2002. The NHL wanted to use the 2002 games as a showcase to gain new fans. Whether it worked or not is debatable.

The reason they participated in 2006 is because they knew they were going to play in Vancouver in 2010.

There is a lot of pressure by the players (especially the Russian stars) to play in Sochi because Russia is a solid hockey nation.

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