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Ovechkin: "Nobody can say to me, 'You can't play for your country in the Olympic Games'"

Updated: September 9, 2009, 4:49 PM ET
By Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun

NEW YORK -- More than four years removed from the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014, the battle lines already have been drawn by one of the NHL's biggest stars regarding NHL participation.

Two-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin told ESPN.com during an interview here Wednesday that he will risk suspension and play for his country, Russia, regardless of whether the NHL is formally involved or not.

"Nobody can say to me, 'You can't play for your country in the Olympic Games,'" ...

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