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NHL lockout benefits all, but Canada favored

Updated: April 29, 2005, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Mario Lemieux, Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin aren't playing in the world hockey championship, but the tournament still is loaded with stars thanks to the NHL lockout.

Most teams at the worlds usually rely on players whose NHL teams miss the playoffs or are eliminated early. Not this time.

The lockout that shut down the NHL this season has left most of the best players free to compete in the two-week, 16-team event that starts Saturday and ends ...

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