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Hockey embedded in Canada's psyche

Updated: February 12, 2009, 3:43 PM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

It's open to argument whether there is any other country in the world so closely associated with a single sport as Canada is with hockey.

Perhaps Brazil and soccer. China and table tennis. Pakistan and cricket. Norway and cross-country skiing.

So, there are parallels, but few of them.

For Canada, the national focus on hockey goes beyond passion into obsession, to the point where you could argue the country's psyche is affected by the successes and failures of its hockey players ...

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