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02-20-2013, 01:02 PM
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I don't think JackSlater understands the IIHF's eligibility rules and how national declaration works for hockey.

If you have citizenship in a country, and have played at least two years of hockey there, you can play for their national team.

It doesn't matter if Pominville or any other player was born and trained in hockey in Canada, as long as they meet the IIHF requirements they can play for any other country they like.

Look at all the "CroNucks" as they're called that have gone to the EBEL to play for Medvescak so that they become eligible to play for Croatia internationally after two seasons. According to the IIHF, those players, most of whom never even stepped foot in Croatia before signing in the EBEL, are now Croatian hockey players.

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