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Just let them play…today

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL, Olympics,

Jarome IginlaFor some reason, there’s a lot of talk at the Olympics about whether or not NHL players should be part of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Among many reasons is the argument that the Olympics are not meant for “professional” athletes, and NHLers are as professional as it gets in this competition. A little more than half of the men’s ice hockey players play in the NHL, and some of the teams are made up entirely of NHL players.

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Competition couldn’t be higher in men’s hockey

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, Olympics,

Mark StreitNow this is a tournament. Last night, the “unstoppable” Canadian men’s hockey team was almost defeated for the second time in two games by the Swiss team. They managed to pull off a shootout victory in a game that was supposed to be won by the end of the first period. This is the same story we’ve seen throughout the first few games of this Olympic tournament, and it couldn’t be more exciting to watch.

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Fedorov back in North America for swan song

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, NHL, Olympics,

Sergei FedorovThe men’s hockey teams are through with their initial practices and are ready for the most anticipated event at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. With 12 nations competing in the tournament, all of them have some sort of experience on the smaller “North American” ice surface. While Canada (and by extension, the US) have a distinct advantage, there are many international players who are more accustomed to the small rink size than others. One of those is certainly a legend on the Russian team, former NHLer Sergei Fedorov.

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Team USA wins gold in unbalanced tournament

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Championship, Editorial,

Stefan Della RovereDespite Team USA dethroning the Canadians in the World Junior Hockey Championships with their 6-5 overtime victory, Canada is still the top team on the world junior stage. The 2010 WJHC concluded last night with an exciting conclusion capping a rather disappointing tournament – as least as far as competitive balance goes. 16 out of 31 games in the tournament saw the victorious team win by four goals or more. The two first place teams in round robin play, Canada and Sweden, outscored their opponents by a combined score of 63-12, while the two last place teams, Latvia and Austria, were outscored 16-73. Is this really the best product that the International Ice Hockey Federation can offer?

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