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Automatic berth for South Korea olympic hockey teams, in 2018

Mens and womens teams will compete against the likes of Russia and Canada at home at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics. Last time the IIHF granted the host nation an automatic berth was in 2006, in Turin. The home team went 0 and 3 together with two respectable ties vs Switzerland and Germany. The game against Team Canada ended in a 2:7 loss. Not too shabby for a team that now isn’t good enough to qualify for world championships these days.

Since Turin, the host nation had to qualify. Canada and Russia easily did that in 2010 and 2014. So why did the IIHF do an about face? Like with most things it probably came down to money. If the host nation invests in the sport and fosters interest in hockey during the four years leading up to the Olympics and possibly beyond, it is a win for the IIHF. South Korea isn’t a traditional hockey market by any means, and this may be a chance to change that.

What would the games vs Canada, USA and Russia look like for South Korea mens and womens teams? Blowouts and embarrassment to the host nation in this event will do little to further the aims of the IIHF. You can’t pay for respect, you must earn it. It took Switzerland twenty, plus, years to become a fixture of international hockey. The world isn’t going to end if South Korea is not in the Olympics for hockey.

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It’s nice to see Team Canada Hockey players just wanting to be part of the Canadian olympic team experience.

Pretty cool to see an article that shows that the best hockey player in the world is just trying to fit in with the olympic festivities. Hey maybe Sid can get on Team Canada’s olympic table tennis team as well. Has anyone ever medaled in both the Summer and Winter games?

Read the story of Sid the Kid and Shea Weber lighting up the ping pong circuit at the winter olympics here 

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Philly owner rips Steve Yzerman and Hockey Canada for passing over Giruox

Do you think Giroux belongs on Team Canada? Ed Snider sure does. Here is what he said , from a Philadelphia website

Ed Snider rips Steve Yzerman and Hockey Canada Brass:

“It’s a farce,” Snider fumed. “He’s one of the best players in the league. He’s better than half the guys on that (Olympic) team.”

“Anybody who thinks Claude Giroux doesn’t belong on the Olympic team, they don’t know anything about hockey, as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

See Article Here