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Let the barnstorming begin

Updated: September 25, 2012, 2:14 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Beginning Thursday night, hockey will return to Quebec after all.

Hockey played by NHL players, although not technically NHL hockey.

But in these days of the great NHL-NHLPA stare-fest, an immoveable object that threatens yet another season, this gathering of NHL stars nominally from or connected to the Montreal area who will lace 'em up against a team ostensibly representing longtime rival Quebec City is something.

The 5-on-5 event, dubbed La Tournée des Joueurs or The ...

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