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03-05-2013, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Parker McDonald View Post
I think the NHL cares more about if the NHL is nationally relevant than globally relevant. If the Olympics are in Russia in a city that no one here heard of, where games are at 4:00 in the morning, I think don't think there's really much to lose.

I'm pretty sure the top three most watched Olympic Hockey games in the US were in 1980, 2002, and 2010. Those three were in North America.
Pretty much this.

Let's see how many people watch Olympic ice hockey if the NHL doesn't allow the players to participate. It'll just be another international tournament no one really gives a damn about.

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