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03-06-2013, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by patnyrnyg View Post
No, absolutely not. Completely different. The point is, in soccer the Olympics is not nearly as important as other international tournaments. Would be the same in hockey if the NHL decides not to go and then hold a World Cup every few years.
You're assuming other countries outside North America would participate in the World Cup. And comparing an under-23 Olympic tournament to a potential non-NHL but with European pros Olympic hockey tournament is not a valid comparison. Russia and Czech Republic already use more KHL players on their national teams than NHL players, even if they could use more.

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