NHL Stars Facing the Most Pressure in the 2014 Winter Olympics

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NHL Stars Facing the Most Pressure in the 2014 Winter Olympics
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The men's hockey tournament that is set to take place in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics is shaping up to be one of the best ever. After a will they-won't they dance between the NHL and the IIHF, it was finally decided that professional players would be taking part in the Games this winter.

That means the likes of Sidney Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk, Erik Karlsson and David Krejci are set to represent their respective nations for a chance to take home a Gold Medal.

With bragging rights on the line and national pride to play for, there's little doubt that even the most seasoned NHL players feel the pressure of international competition during the Olympics. After all, the games are meant to showcase the best athletes on the face of the planet.

Still, there are a handful of guys who may be heading to Russia feeling like they have a planet on their shoulders due to that extra amount pressure.

With a few of these players, we're taking some light liberties with the word "star." In our book, if you're good enough to go to the Olympics, you're good enough to make this list as one of the best players in the world.

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