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The NHL and The Olympics


If you are a hockey fan of a certain age, you have seen professionals and non-professionals representing their respective countries. Perhaps the greatest moment in Winter Olympic history came in 1980 when 25 college kids shocked the world, by defeating the Soviet powerhouse. And amateur players were the standard for the Olympics until 1998. Only since then has the NHL sent its players to the Olympic games. But while everyone is out arguing for and against, let’s look at what they are fighting about.
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Rangers “elect” to emphasize size on defense against bigger Caps

Girardi v Ovechkin...again (Getty)

Girardi v Ovechkin…again (Getty)

It’s election day! No, you don’t get to vote for Donald Trump’s hair or Hillary Clinton’s suit pants just yet, but you get to watch hockey. Dan Girardi looks set to return to his top pairing spot with Ryan McDonagh against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals. While this may seem like bad news to fancy stats hockey bloggers and some of their followers, it is even worse news to Ovechkin who is practically mauled and suffocated every time he see #5 on the ice. Read more