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Oates Says No To Olympics Participation

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

The NHL and the NHL Players Association are meeting with the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation today and tomorrow in New York to determine whether the league will allow its players to participate in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

One person who doesn’t believe NHL players should take part in the Olympics is Capitals Coach Adam Oates, even though he understands how it can help promote hockey.

“You know what, I don’t. I don’t. My honest answer is no,” Oates said Wednesday to a small group of reporters in Tampa. “Is it good for hockey that they do it? Great. But I grew up trying to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, not Team Canada. Didn’t even know it existed.”


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redxblack's avatar

I have to wonder if he’d have felt the same if he had been playing for Team Canada - ever.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/14/13 at 02:21 PM ET

Dakkster's avatar

Who the hell puts playing for a team above playing for your country? Huh??

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 02/14/13 at 02:30 PM ET

Ass Moses's avatar

Come on Adam! Seriously? You were born in Canada in 1962 and were 10 years old during the Summit Series. Never heard of Team Canada? Didn’t know it existed? No Sir, I cannot believe those words.

Posted by Ass Moses on 02/14/13 at 05:38 PM ET

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