Meet the All-World Olympic Leftover Team for Ice Hockey

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Meet the All-World Olympic Leftover Team for Ice Hockey
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It's almost as much fun talking about who didn't make their respective country's final cut for the Olympic hockey tournament as it is discussing those who did.

There's no shame in a so-called snub when your birth certificate is stamped with Canada, land of talented centers who have to be converted to the wing to make the cut.

But more frequently these days, decisions are being scrutinized around the globe with plenty of leftovers capable of competing for gold. They're left off because of some minor perceived glitch in their game, whether it's a lack of fit in the roles remaining, or the wrong disposition for the style of game the coach wants to play, or foot speed that suits the smaller NHL rinks but doesn't cut it on the Olympic-sized skating surface.

With so many NHLers on the outside looking in at the Olympic Games, you could easily ice a team of castoffs worthy of at least making the chosen ones sweat in a single-elimination contest.

Here's a look at our All-World Olympic Leftover team.

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