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09-23-2013, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Tomas W View Post
There is some kind of "quarantine" rules, you cant just switch national teams from one year to another. If you want to play for a new country, you will have to stay away from international comp. for quite a while.
For someone who gains a citizenship of the country they wish to represent, and they have already represented another NT in an IIHF sanctioned tournament (and even the junior ones count), it's four consecutive years of playing in a club that operates within the new country. The player can switch clubs within the country he or she wishes to represent at will, but in case of a transfer to another country within this time, the counter rolls back to zero.

For someone with no international representations (the Canada/World Cup doesn't count because it's not played under the IIHF), it's two years.

A player can only switch jerseys once. However, his or her original nationality doesn't count. This means that if they didn't represent their birth country, they can play for another (given that they comply for the two-year rule) and then switch back, if they fulfil the four-year requirement. For example, Petr Nedved did this. His international career started with representing Canada in -94 olympics (after playing three consecutive seasons for Vancouver Canucks) and then he retired from the NHL and went back to the Czech league in 2007 and player there for four seasons, and became eligible to represent his birth country for the 2012 WHC.

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