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It shouldn't take Games to celebrate NHL's diversity

Updated: February 16, 2006, 5:52 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

So, the boys are off in Italy, playing for their nations while the majority of NHL players get a break before returning to practice late next week.

That's great, especially because the NHL Olympians generally, almost without exception, were thrilled to be named to the teams. And it wasn't because they were thinking about endorsements, prestige, "respect" or medal bonus possibilities.

They wanted to be there.

Next, regardless of how the medal tournament plays out, the ...

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