Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:56 AM
I didn't read all the pages, but am I in the minority when I say, I cannot stand NHL players in the Olympics? (same for NBA)
This is an amateur tournament and there are TONS of U18 kids out there from EVERY country participating that would make this an exciting tournament. Even a more fair tournament. Just look at all the World Juniors Tourneys every year these are great exhibitions of amateur talent. We do not need a 40 year old Alfredsson playing for Sweden when the Olympics were set up to be Amatuer. Sure, back in the day when Russia would send their professionals to the games, there was an argument for Canada and US doing the same, but now, the U18 kids all around the world are on par wit each other and I think would be more entertaining to watch than a bunch of all-star games in two weeks...just my opinion,
I totally see your point, but it's about the people of the countries representing their country. Pro athletes are people and citizens too.
For the ones who have traveled half-way around the world, it gives them a chance to give something back to their home country.
I'm old enough to remember the Miracle on Ice, and that was an awesome underdog story if there ever was one, but each country wants to send its best. In most cases, the best turn pro.
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