2018 Winter Olympics: No NHL players, but NHL talent abounds

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2018 Winter Olympics: No NHL players, but NHL talent abounds
2018 Winter Olympics: No NHL players, but NHL talent abounds

GANGNEUNG, South Korea – This year's Olympic hockey tournament is presented as the first non-NHL one in 24 years and yet player resumes tell a different story. The U.S. team boasts 3,083 games of NHL experience. The Olympic Athletes of Russia have 1,769 games of NHL experience in just Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk. Most of the Canadian Olympians have played in the NHL, including captain Chris Kelly, who played in last spring's playoffs. Does that sound like a non-NHL tournament? “It's not an NHL All-Star tournament, but it's an NHL-caliber tournament,” said U.S. defenseman James Wisniewski, who has played parts of 11 NHL seasons The Olympic men's tournament opens Wednesday with the USA playing

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