I hate the fact that Slovakia isn't getting their own team. Its a country fighting for respect in the hockey community, and even though they have won gold medals at the world championships, gotten 4th in the Olympics just 5 years ago, gotten bronze at this years world juniors etc. because of a weak showing in Sochi, they get the short end of the stick.
Yeah I'm sure Tatar - who deserves a spot on that team - and others are pissed about it. That country had a great showing at the WJC beat the heavily favored Swedes and develops some great talent. I mean, even if a country may not be "competitive" this is about national pride, patriotism representing your country on the international stage against the best players in the world, that's why the Olympics are such a success.
One can almost be assured a lot of players will have some "injuries" come World Cup of hockey time..
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