8 years ago, Vancouver was alive with Olympic hockey fever. But this year…

8 years ago, Vancouver was alive with Olympic hockey fever. But this year…
8 years ago, Vancouver was alive with Olympic hockey fever. But this year…
“All our players somewhere along the line were told ‘no,’ and that they weren’t going to get a chance to continue their NHL career, or in some cases even start it,” said Desjardins, whose team may just have a strong shot at capturing the attention and love of Canadians who otherwise insist they’re not interested in B Level Olympians.

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8 years ago, Vancouver was alive with Olympic hockey fever. But this year…
“They have a dream of representing their countries – for some guys that’s the only reason they’re playing this year. I think that’s pretty special. If I was a Canadian I’d appreciate they’ve taken their families to Europe with no family around just so they can be on this team.”

“I remember in the world juniors one of the first questions I had was, ‘how can you get all these guys together on the same page?’” said the former Vancouver Canucks coach who headed up Canada’s silver medallists in 2010 and was an assistant on Pat Quinn’s gold medal-winning team a year earlier.

“We need to play games to form as a team,” said Desjardins, who had the bulk of his roster play in at least four tourney games during the evaluation process that looked at 100 players.

8 years ago, Vancouver was alive with Olympic hockey fever. But this year…
8 years ago, Vancouver was alive with Olympic hockey fever. But this year…
While Canadians continue to try getting over the disappointment of not having NHLers defending the gold medal Canada has won three of the last four Games, the thrill of representing their country on the grandest of stages will be a strong motivator for the NHL castoffs making up the roster.

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