5 Reasons Why NHL Players Need to Play in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

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5 Reasons Why NHL Players Need to Play in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
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Canada celebrated hockey gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

The most glorious hockey moment of all time did not occur on NHL ice.

In 1980, the last player cut by the 1960 US Olympic hockey team got behind the bench and coached the US hockey team to a gold medal.

That victory, won by the team coached by Herb Brooks, is often considered among the biggest upsets in sports history. The key to that victory was a semifinal win over a powerful Soviet team that had toyed with NHL All-Stars.

The Olympic hockey tournament is no longer the province of amateur players. The best professional players participate, and the show is arguably the best international team sports competition this side of soccer's World Cup.

The NHL has not given its official "blessing" for players to participate in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

It should do so without further delay. Why? Read on.

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