by Patrick Hoffman on 08/19/09 at 02:02 PM ET
From Mick Kern at XM NHL Home Ice:
Still, the sport of hockey belongs in the Winter Olympics, because, well, because it’s a winter sport, despite the effort of the NHL to push the Stanley Cup Final into July.
So when Toronto Maple Leafs’ GM and all-around blustery guy Brian Burke mentions that he’d like to see hockey moved to the Summer Olympics, it makes me take off my weathered Kansas City Royals cap and scratch my head.
The men’s gold medal game is arguably the centrepoint of the entire two-week sporting orgy. At the very least, it is the winter equivalent of the men’s marathon; it’s the big bang that ends the Games. To rip it from its rightful place, and plunk it down in the midst of the Summer Games would be almost as stupid as signing Colton Orr to a contract.
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