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12-25-2013, 08:31 PM
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Playing for multiple countries?

I was reading about the 1994 Olympics, and it reminded me of how Petr Nedved played for both Canada and the Czech Republic at points in his career. I'm wondering, who else has played for more than one country in international tournaments?

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Many from the former Soviet Union.

Peter Stastny played for three(Or 2 1/2): Czechoslovakia, Canada and then Slovakia.

Bryan Trottier played for Canada and then for the US in the Canada Cup, as some kind of favor to someone, cant remember who or why.

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Bryan Trottier played for Canada and then for the US in the Canada Cup, as some kind of favor to someone, cant remember who or why.
As I understand it, his Grandmother was full blooded Chippewa Indian, Bryan qualifying as Metis and as such received a North American Indian Card that fast tracked US Citizenship. He'd married an American, was playing for a US based team & living in the States, wanted to "give back" as it were & so he opted to play for the US.

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Tony Esposito played with both Canada and the US.

He played with Canada during the 1972 Summit Series and the 1977 WC. Then in 1981, he represented the USA during the 1981 Canada Cup.

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Tony Esposito played with both Canada and the US.

He played with Canada during the 1972 Summit Series and the 1977 WC. Then in 1981, he represented the USA during the 1981 Canada Cup.
Whas it becouse he would not be a starter on Team Canada?

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Whas it becouse he would not be a starter on Team Canada?
In 1981, he had just gotten his US citizenship, and agreed to play with Team USA since he wasn't invited to Team Canada's training camp.

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Evgeni Nabokov was the first player allowed to switch countries in official IIHF tournaments.

Players who switched countries before him did so in exhibition tournaments like the Canada Cup where you don't even need to be a citizen of the country you represent (see Zubrus who played for Russia).

Unless I'm missing someone (and I might very well be) Nabokov and Zubrus are the only 2 former Soviet players worth a mention, I don't see how playing for the USSR and then Russia is switching countries.

After having played for Canada at the WJC, Jason Holland played for Germany at the Worlds in 2008, but was banned after 2 games as it was found he wasn't eligible yet.

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Many from the former Soviet Union.

Peter Stastny played for three(Or 2 1/2): Czechoslovakia, Canada and then Slovakia.

Bryan Trottier played for Canada and then for the US in the Canada Cup, as some kind of favor to someone, cant remember who or why.
And if we look to his sons, they played for USA and also a few games for Slovak junior team.

That means, The Stasny family played for 4 countries.

Robert Reichel played for Czechoslovakia and Czech republik. But his brother Martin Reichel, played for Germany. he was the member of German team on 8 WCH, 2002 Olmypics and 2004 World Cup.

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Irbe and Ozolinsh played for USSR and Latvia, IIRC. Khristich played for USSR and Ukraine.

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Chris Bright played for Canada in 1995 and for Japan in 2004.

Emanuel Viveiros played for Canada U20 in 1986 and for Austria in 2005.

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Miroslav Sikora played for Poland in WJC in 77 and in 87 for West Germany. It was against the rules, which led to this...

from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1987_Wo..._Championships
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Sweden's victory was a controversial one. The Germans had beaten both Canada and Finland when it was revealed that forward Miroslav Sikora had played for the Polish junior team in 1977. He was suspended and the IIHF stripped West Germany of their two wins. The Germans took the matter to court, stating that they had been granted permission. Though Sikora remained suspended, the IIHF reinstated the two victories.[1] If the courts had not intervened, Finland would have replaced Sweden in the medal round.[2] Additionally, the Swedes earned the Gold over the Soviets by goal differential when the Soviets had gone undefeated and the Swedes had lost three preliminary round games. This led to further discussion of a change of format. The IIHF's account of the finale states that, "Sweden won thanks to an inflated score against Canada,"[3] however Sweden only needed to win by two (the same margin that the Czechs beat Canada by) for the Gold. In reality the Soviets had to come from behind to capture Silver and deprive the Czechs of the Gold, and the Swedes winning by more than two ensured that the Czechs could not play to a tie and capture Gold.


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12-26-2013, 03:52 PM
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I loved Stastny and loved that he adopted Canada, but it did always bug me that his inclusion on the 84 team cost Denis Savard a spot on the team. I don't think Savard ever did get to play on one of those CC teams.

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In 1981, he had just gotten his US citizenship, and agreed to play with Team USA since he wasn't invited to Team Canada's training camp.
I saw him in an interview saying it was all Bill Wirtz's idea

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Emanuel Viveiros played for Canada U20 in 1986 and for Austria in 2005.
Dave Morrison & Hnat Dominchelli both played WJC for Canada then for the Netherlands & Switzerland respectively

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Mark Howe also played for both the USA and Canada. Jason Holland has played for Canada and Germany.

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Irbe and Ozolinsh played for USSR and Latvia, IIRC. Khristich played for USSR and Ukraine.
Zholtok for USSR and Latvia
Balderis for USSR and Latvia
Alexander Kerch for USSR and Latvia
Alexandrov for USSR and Kazakhstan
Valeri Shyriaiev for USSR and Ukraine
Alexander Galchenyuk sr. for USSR and Belarus

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Dainius Zubrus played for Team Russia in the 2004 World Cup and then for his native Lithuania in subsequent world championships.

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