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    So somebody else besides Canada has a shot at winning the gold medal?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonGeminiX View Post


    So somebody else besides Canada has a shot at winning the gold medal?
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    The entire Russian league is supposedly playing. What is it? The KHL? Those are pros.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonGeminiX View Post
    The entire Russian league is supposedly playing. What is it? The KHL? Those are pros.
    Ya that's my point basically, it's pros but not the best pros. Guys from the KHL, European leagues, the AHL, etc. are all still going, so we're definitely not back to the old amateur roots the Olympics were supposed to be, just somewhere in the middle with these rinkie-dink teams. I still favor pros for hockey in the Olympics, but if they're going to allow professionals I want to see the NHL there or it's really not a meaningful tourny to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfather View Post
    Ya that's my point basically, it's pros but not the best pros. Guys from the KHL, European leagues, the AHL, etc. are all still going, so we're definitely not back to the old amateur roots the Olympics were supposed to be, just somewhere in the middle with these rinkie-dink teams. I still favor pros for hockey in the Olympics, but if they're going to allow professionals I want to see the NHL there or it's really not a meaningful tourny to me
    As far as sports in the Olympics, was hockey ever truly just amateurs? Sure, countries like the United States and Canada honored the fact that it was supposed to be an amateur tournament, but the USSR and the Soviet Bloc European countries basically sent pros over to compete, even if they claimed they were amateurs. That's how the Soviets dominated when they were winning 8 gold medals in the span of 10 Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teh One Who Knocks View Post
    As far as sports in the Olympics, was hockey ever truly just amateurs? Sure, countries like the United States and Canada honored the fact that it was supposed to be an amateur tournament, but the USSR and the Soviet Bloc European countries basically sent pros over to compete, even if they claimed they were amateurs. That's how the Soviets dominated when they were winning 8 gold medals in the span of 10 Olympics.

    I'm sure you're right, that was before my time.


    The one cool thing will be seeing the stories of the guys going. I'm not sure what US broadcasting is like, but Canadian Olympic shows do a really cool job featuring stories and neat little pieces on Olympians. It's the same old story for hockey usually... we all know who Crosby is. But some of these guys this year will have some interesting backstories about their passion for the game, continuing to play after their time in the NHL has come and gone.

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    We get too much backstory on Olympions on US broadcasts. It's ridiculous and why I rarely, if ever, watch the Olympics. They will show 5 minutes of the actual sport and then cut away to do a 25 minute segment on the athlete(s).

    And a fun fact about the Soviet gold medal domination that I mentioned above. The only 2 times the Soviets didn't win the gold medal in that 10 year stretch, the United States took the gold (1960 and 1980).

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    This is quite long, but a very very good read. I couldn't stop.

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/k...ce-pittsburgh/

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