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10-10-2013, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Billy6 View Post
I think this is a good rule by the IIHF. Guys shouldn't just be able to play for another country that they weren't born in, spent a large chunk of their youth in, or who don't have a parent who was born in that country. Allowing that to happen would severely cheapen international hockey.

I can remember Peter Stastny and Petr Nedved playing for Canada and I never agreed with it. They're not Canadian. They weren't born here or trained here and shouldn't have been allowed to play for Canada.
Well, the IIHF as well as NHL sanctioned international competitions (see Tony Esposito and Trottier in the Canada Cup) disagrees with you.

Also what's with the bs about not being born here? I'd hope that never becomes a requirement to represent Canada internationally. Canada is a country of immigrants and if an athlete fulfills the requirements to gain citizenship as well as the rules of their sporting body, then they have every right to wear the maple-leaf.

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