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Where Are These Players Coming From

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from the AP via the Mercury News,

Some of Canada's tiniest hamlets produce more NHL players than all of Switzerland, yet the small Alpine country beat its larger counterpart for the first time since Olympic hockey began in 1920. The world champion Czechs lost to the Swiss, too. The United States can't beat Latvia despite having nearly 150 times the population and many more times that the amount of hockey players. What's next, a loss to Liechtenstein?
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Delivering The Message

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from the Miami Herald,

Bill Butters is convinced that God is having a good laugh right now. "The Lord does have a sense of humor," he said. It must be a laugh riot in heaven. Butters, 55, was one of hockey's all-time wild men. Here in Turin he is serving as a chaplain to Olympic athletes. And 20 years ago, if you had asked me to pick a hockey player who wouldn't be serving as a chaplain in Turin, or anywhere, Butters would have been at the top of my list. "For sure," Butters agreed. "I'd have been the top one that I wouldn't have picked."
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Difference Between Olympics & WC

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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Edmonton Journal,

Team Canada is learning the hard way that winning the World Cup of Hockey doesn't exactly translate into winning at the Olympic Games. That's because it's a different game. The World Cup uses NHL rules on smaller rinks, which has nothing to do with what it takes to win at the Olympics. "I think the players are beginning to get a clear understanding that there's a difference playing in the World Cup and playing in the Olympics," assistant coach Ken Hitchcock said Monday after practice. "We're not just playing against a bunch of NHL players, we're playing against a lot of flags. There's a whole other level of intensity.
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Marathon Almost Over

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

There are only a couple more days remaining in preliminary-round play here in Torino, and that means the marathon days at the rink will come to a close. That's both good and bad news. The good news is there will be much more time to concentrate on the games at hand on a given day. The bad news is there will be fewer games. Since the hockey tournament began, we have been setting up shop at one of the two hockey venues, usually getting there around 11 a.m. for a 1 p.m. start and leaving around 1:30 a.m. after the last game is completed. I'm beginning to think this should be an Olympic event in itself because there is a distinctive skill set to covering three games in a day.
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Hall Of Famer Curt Gowdy Dies

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from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Curt Gowdy, one of the signature voices of sports for a generation and the longtime broadcaster for the Boston Red Sox, died Monday at 86. He died in Palm Beach after a long battle with leukemia, Red Sox spokeswoman Pam Ganley said
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Blog- Away Today

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I have my annual visit with my accountant today. Should be back by 4pm.

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Wake Up Canada

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from Reuters,

Wayne Gretzky gave Team Canada a wake up call on Monday as they struggle to find their game at the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament. Gretzky, the team's executive director, sharply criticized his players' lack of emotion in a 2-0 loss to Finland on Sunday. And with a strong quarter-final match-up looming, he called on the reigning gold medallists to snap out of their slumber.
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Kronwall Going To Turin

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from the Swedish paper Expressen (rough translation),

Expressen.se confirms three sek's team man to act Näslund that both Jonathan Hedström and Niklas Kronwall is on road to Turin. - an of them lands today, the other tomorrow. We sheep have three additional player so we will fulfil out the troop, says Näslund. Who is the third player? - the has we not really decided still. According to information received acts the about Los angeles' back Mattias Norström as the previous week suffered of sviterna after a brain shaking but that now is restored.
Kronwall will be part of the taxi squad and will be able to practice with the team, which will probably be good for him.

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Parity Arrives

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from the Capital Times (Wisconsin),

"Just watching the games today," University of Wisconsin men's hockey coach Mike Eaves said Sunday, "what you're seeing right now in the Olympics is the parity in hockey across the world. "There was a time when the Europeans were nervous about playing the North Americans, the U.S. and Canada, because of their style. But now because of the inundation of Europeans in the NHL, they're going back home and saying, 'We know how to play them now and we understand their mentality.' " Eaves pointed to the lack of cohesiveness, or continuity, in putting together a U.S. team. "That's always tough," he said. "Each country usually has a system in play. Like the Swedes play a certain way. And the Fins play a certain way. And they're ahead of the curve in that fashion."
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Probable Matchups For Wednesday

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If everything holds true to form in the last preliminary games tomorrow, this is what we will se for the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Finland vs. USA Czechs vs. Russia Sweden vs. Swiss Slovakia vs. Canada

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