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Holding a torch for hockey
There's probably no one happier that Belarus is in the Olympic semi-final than the fledgling republic's strong-arm president Alexander Lukashenko. As Dave Bidini found out, it takes fanatics like Lukashenko to make hockey thrive in places like Belarus.
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Mario Lemieux's new mission
His body's endured injury after injury and serious disease, but those hardships have only highlighted Super Mario's drive and unparalleled talent. They've also eased him into the role of elder statesman of Canadian hockey as he leads Team Canada into the Olympic tournament.
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Home ice advantage
Wayne Fleming: Team Canada's silent partner
Nikolai Khabibulin and the case of the missing medal
The Edmonton Mercurys and the 50-year itch
Markus Naslund leads the Swedes
Hayley Wickenheiser: More Mess than Gretz
Girls setting new goals
Becky Kellar's women's hockey diary: Confidence growing as the Olympics draw closer
Jennifer Botterill learns by example
Holding a torch for hockey
Mike Richter on the rebound
Viacheslav Fetisov: Revitalizing Russian hockey
Two Hockey Solitudes: The Czech Republic and Slovakia
Wayne Gretzky's second chance for gold

Men's Hockey History
On Feb. 22, 1980 a bunch of young, brash and inexperienced American hockey players shocked the sporting world. The Canadians and Soviets traditionally dominated Olympic hockey, but American teams have provided the two most thrilling upsets.

Women's Hockey History
While women's hockey might seem to be a relatively recent phenomenon, its history actually stretches back into the late-19th century, and until the Second World War, was considered a sport for both sexes. While two different sexes could play, recent women's hockey history has been largely a story of just two countries - the United States and Canada.

Yes, it's our game, but it's not only our game. At the Olympics, it's the international, not the NHL game, that's played, and that means significant challenges for North American players. In the men's hockey tournament, the players will have to deal with a larger ice surface and rules that favour a faster-paced game, leaving the forwards flying and the defence with their hands full. The teams in women's hockey won't have such a difficult transition, since they usually play under international rules and focus more on the fundamentals of skating, passing and stickhandling.

Canada learned valuable lessons in 1998, but so did the Russians, and the Czechs learned how to win in 1998.
Now it's the Canadian women trying to catch up to the Americans.

Two-Line Pass: When an attacker receives a pass that has crossed both the defensive blueline and centre redline. Olympic hockey, unlike the NHL, allows the two-line pass. The result is a more wide open game, with quicker transitions and longer passes through the neutral zone.
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Hockey Links
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International Ice Hockey Federation >>> www.iihf.com
National Hockey League >>> www.nhl.com

Hockey Venues
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1 GER 12 16 7
2 NOR 11 7 6
3 USA 10 13 11
4 RUS 6 6 4
5 CAN 6 3 8
6 FRA 4 5 2
7 ITA 4 4 4
8 FIN 4 4 4
9 NED 3 5 0
10 SUI 3 2 6

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