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Datsyuk Talks Olympics And Red Wings

from IIHF.com,

Describing what winning the Olympic hockey gold medal means to Russia, Datsyuk said: “It’s the biggest thing for any country. It’s hard to explain, it’s just a feeling you have.”

Winning an Olympic gold medal is just about the only accomplishment not credited to Datsyuk. He’s already won the Stanley Cup, the World Championship and a Russian championship, so the Olympic crown is vital to him now.

“I think winning the Olympic gold is the biggest thing for any hockey player. You want to win for your country.”

When asked about his summer plans and attending Russia’s pre-Olympic camp, Datsyuk deadpanned the following.

“I’m just waiting to make sure I make the team.”

There’s another humorous moment from one of the world’s most seriously talented hockey prodigies.

more inlcuding Datsyuk stating he still wants to finish his career in Russia.

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I always liked to think the Stanley Cup meant more to hockey players, and it’s not because of something like…it’s the Stanley Cup.

It’s because putting together a team of all kinds of different people, working so hard for such a large part of the year, and winning it together with guys from a bunch of different countries is more meaningful than winning it with a bunch of guys who just happened to be born in the same place as you.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 07/03/13 at 05:25 PM ET

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While we in North America like to think winning the Stanley Cup is the end all be all of trophies because of the International flavor of the NHL these days, many great hockey players choose NOT to play in the NHL because a) they want to stay home and play for their own country and b) they don’t want to deal with the smaller ice surface.  Somewhere along the line I’m sure having to pay American/Canadian taxes on their salary enters into it as well.

Politics aside, The Olympics is about the purest forum that represents the absolute best player from every country.  Granted, they’re split up by country instead of having X amount of general managers + staff holding a Global Draft and cherry picking the best players from all countries but, winning an Olympic Gold Metal for your own country is the ultimate.  It gives you international bragging rights for a 4 year period.  It proves you beat the best the rest of the world has to offer with no salary involved.  Winning the Stanley Cup proves your GM was able to put together the best team the NHL salary cup allows.

There are limits to the NHL whereas the Olympics are limitless (in theory).

I choose Olympic Gold.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 07/03/13 at 06:17 PM ET

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