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02-08-2013, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildturkey12 View Post
How was Nedved able to get around this rule? He played for Canada in the Olympics and then for Czech in the WC.
I can't find any backing, but it was probably a one-time waiver by the IIHF due to the fall of communism. There is plenty of confusion about things during that time with the defections and splitting of countries.

Nabokov was similiarly granted one, since although he was born in modern day Kazakhstan, his parents were native Russians, and he and them are Russian, not Kazakhstani. He appeared in one tournament for Kazakhstan before gaining the right to play for Russia.

IIHF would not be granting any special exemption to a player simply because he wanted to play at a higher level. Those are seemingly reserved for special cases like defections countries splitting. No way Kopitar, even if he got US Citizenship would ever play for USA.

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