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09-05-2013, 05:13 PM
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***EDIT*** I think I sorta misread the thread... Ya if Kopitar does have citzenship it looks like he would meet the requirements to switch and play for the US in Sochi. Vanek would not.

I think I remember similar rumours about Vanek. Whoever started those rumours wasn't familiar with the IIHF's rules regarding eligibility.

Originally Posted by kingsboy11 View Post
That was a possiblity,...
Based on the IIHF's rules I don't think it was a possibility. Heading into the '10 Olympics Kopitar had played for Slovenia as recently as the '08 WC. For Kopitar to play for the US, along with obtaining American citizenship, he would needed to have played 4 consecutive years in the US and not played for Slovenia in any IIHF sanctioned tournaments during that same time period. As far as I know heading into the '10 Olympics Kopitar was 0 for 3 when it came to meeting the eligibility requirements.

Originally Posted by Thesensation19 View Post
I think he came over to play in the juniors right.
Kopitar never played juniors in NA. His entire career in North America has been spent in the NHL.

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