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Smyth hopes national success spills over to Oilers

Updated: September 20, 2005, 1:27 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

More so than Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, Jarome Iginla and Mario Lemieux, Ryan Smyth has become the face of Canadian hockey. Indeed, the gritty winger from Jasper, Alberta, has become the heart, soul and the very mullet of Canadian hockey on the international stage.

Which is a good thing for Hockey Canada and its fans, but it's might not be such a good thing if you're Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe. And if truth be told, it's probably not such a good thing for Smyth, either.

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