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NHL's lockout is Canada's gain

Updated: December 9, 2004, 9:53 AM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

If anyone has reason to be just a little bit happy about the National Hockey League lockout, it's the folks at Hockey Canada. Each year, they're charged with selecting their country's team for the World Junior Championship, which, north of the border, is akin to the New Year's week college bowl games.

Most seasons, Team Canada is without several top players who are skating in the NHL ranks. Rick Nash might have been a difference-maker in Canada's gold-medal loss to Team USA last year in ...

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