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PHT Morning Skate: Kovalchuk urges clean Russian athletes to go to Olympics
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• Ilya Kovalchuk believes that all of Russia’s clean athletes should go the Olympics. • Speaking of the IOC’s Russian ban, Canucks forward Alex Burmistrov says he’s not impressed with the decision. • Former Minnesota high school hockey player Jack Jablonski was left paralyzed after being hit during a game.

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Ovechkin hopes Russian hockey team participates in Olympics
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Alex Ovechkin hopes the Russian hockey team participates in the 2018 Winter Olympics even though it would have to wear neutral uniforms. After the International Olympic Committee banned Russian athletes from playing under their flag, Ovechkin said he supports the team's decision and is ''pretty sure they're going.'' At the Washington Capitals' morning skate Wednesday, […]

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Power Rankings: Players who are victims of Olympics gamesmanship
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Olympic hockey is on everyone’s mind this week, given the news about the IOC banning Russia from the 2018 Winter Games. The rankings highlight a player from each team whom we truly, deeply lament will not be playing for his country in South Korea.

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Ovechkin, Kuznetsov support Russians playing under neutral flag at Olympics
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Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov believe Russian athletes should compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics, at all costs. On Tuesday the IOC banned Russia from the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, removing the flag, the anthem, and any athletes with a history of doping. However, clean athletes from Russia will still have the opportunity […]

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The NHL is not letting players compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. These leagues are
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The upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will have a vastly different looking hockey tournament than years past. The NHL won't have a presence at the Olympics games for the first time since 1994 after pulling its players from the event back in April. As such, players from other professional

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Big question: Is skipping the Olympics the right move?
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We know how NHL commissioner Gary Bettman feels about passing on Pyeongchang in 2018. But what about other folks around the league? Here’s what some owners, GMs and players had to say about the gamesmanship heading into the Games.

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Report: Hockey Canada asks KHL to release players for Olympics
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The governing body of Canadian hockey is taking the KHL’s threat seriously. Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney sent a letter to the league asking it to allow its players to take part in the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the organization confirmed to CBC Sports. The Czech, Finnish, and Swedish hockey federations co-signed […]

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Gionta trades NHL for shot at representing US at Olympics
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) For someone once constantly told he was too small to have an NHL future, Brian Gionta is enjoying a few last laughs entering the twilight of his career.

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Gary Bettman says it's 'hard to envision' the NHL ever returning to the Olympics
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So much for the NHL eyeing a grand return to the Olympics in 2022. Days after a report indicated the league might be using its increased presence in China as a path to partaking in the Beijing Winter Games, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told Sweden's SVT Sport, as relayed by SB Nation, that it'

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After NHL snub, Russian league becomes springboard to Olympics
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Often seen as a destination for veterans or those struggling for ice-time in North America's National Hockey League (NHL), the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) has suddenly become a haven for Russians with Olympic aspirations. Following the NHL's decision to bar its players from competing at the

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NHL-less Olympics gives Europe-based players a shot at glory
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As the NHL opened its season, Canada's potential Olympic starting goaltender was half a world away. On the edge of Russia's Ural mountains, Ben Scrivens suited up for Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the Kontinental Hockey League, taking on Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk's SKA St. Petersburg. Scrivens

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Report: NBC, NBCSN Won't Air NHL Games During 2018 Winter Olympics Coverage
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The NHL's national television games are on NBC and NBC Sports Network, but those networks won't broadcast any of the league's games during its coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics from South Korea next February. The NHL announced in April that it wouldn't send any of its players to the

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