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Fetisov On NHL Participation In The Olympics

from Matthew Fisher of Postmedia News,

Slava Fetisov, the former Soviet captain and Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils star, reckons that 90 per cent of the players in the NHL, including just about every Canadian, wants to come to the 2014 Olympics in Russia and that to forbid them “is not the democratic way.”

“The NHL wants to somehow find a way to put a couple of million dollars in its pocket from this question, but they may end up losing money by not being part of the Olympics,” Fetisov said in a recent interview. “It is so narrow-minded. If people do not come to the Sochi Games, that is not right and it is not fair.”...

“The NHL should do the same as soccer, where all the best automatically release their best players for the World Cup and European Cup,” he said.

“If the NHL leaves the Olympics now, it can-t come back even if it wants to when the Games are next held in the U.S. or Canada. If the NHL does not understand that, it is not as smart as I think it is.”

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Slave may be right, but why compare to World Cup soccer when he should be comparing it to Olympic soccer. Very different set of rules in soccer for the Olympics compared to the World Cup. The World Cup is also played in soccer’s “off-season.”  So move hockey to the Summer Olympics and problem solved.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 03/18/12 at 10:58 PM ET

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