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Jonathan Toews says hockey ‘misrepresented’ if no NHL players at Olympics

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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews offered one of the most insightful takes to date on whether the NHL should send players to the PyeongChang Olympics.

“Quite frankly, I think to turn on the Olympics next year and watch the hockey teams, the players representing their country, if it’s not the best in the world, then I don’t know, I just feel like we’re misrepresenting our sport on a pretty huge scale and a pretty huge level,” Toews told media after the NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday. “A lot of the talk has been, it’s just the players that are pushing for it, it’s the players that are interested in wanting to go. I think the players do want to go, but I think it should be of interest to the players and the league. I think the NHL should be there for sure.”

Add Toews, who earned gold with Canada in 2010 and 2014, to a list of NHL superstars who have said they want to play in the Olympics. Ultimately, NHL officials will decide whether to take a break in the 2017-18 season to send players to the Olympics for a sixth straight time.

There was talk in the fall of an end-of-January deadline, but that appears out the window now. That’s no surprise, given NHL participation in Sochi wasn’t decided until July 2013.

But players can still take matters into their own hands. Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has said he will play for Russia in PyeongChang regardless of if he has the NHL’s blessing, and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has supported that stance.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid, the NHL points leader at the All-Star break, is hoping to go to his first Olympics in PyeongChang.

“One hundred percent, [NHL players] should go,” McDavid said. “I can’t picture the Olympics without it, to be honest.”

Sidney Crosby has been less emphatic about the NHL Olympic situation, taking a wait-and-see approach.

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Canada repeats as World hockey champion, holds Soviet-like dominance

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Canada repeated as World hockey champion, blanking Finland 2-0 in the final in Moscow on Sunday.

Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored a first-period goal, and Matt Duchene notched an empty-netter with nine tenths of a second left. McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers teammate Cam Talbot stopped all 16 Finland shots.

Canada became the first nation to hold the last two Olympic titles and last two World titles since the Soviet Union in 1990.

The Canadians finished the tournament 9-1, outscoring opponents 46-11. That included a 6-0 quarterfinal win over Sweden in an Olympic final rematch and a 4-3 semifinal win over the U.S. on Saturday.

It wasn’t quite as dominant as last year, when Sidney Crosby captained a team that went 10-0 with a 51-goal differential at Worlds.

This team wasn’t as decorated as last year, either. No Crosby. No Claude Giroux. No Tyler Seguin.

Two players on this year’s roster had Olympic experience — Corey Perry and Duchene.

The May 2017 Worlds are co-hosted by France and Germany.

Canada already knows its group for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics — the Czech Republic, Switzerland and host South Korea.

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