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10-25-2013, 11:47 AM
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Part of it was a reaction to the previous Olympics.

In 1998 the Canadian team had a bunch of grinders and solid defense-first players--Rob Zamuner, Shayne Corson, Scott Stevens. It didn't go so well.

So when 2002 rolled around, Gretzky and co. wanted to emphasize offense and bring in defensemen who could skate well on the bigger international rinks and join the rush.

But part of it was that Stevens' play was faltering that season--same goes for Eric Desjardins, who was another surprising omission.

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