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Team Canada can't escape politics

Updated: June 25, 2009, 6:35 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

MONTREAL -- Only in Canada can the formation of an Olympic hockey team be shot through with political land mines. That simply comes with the territory when a game isn't merely a pastime, but is woven into the fabric of a nation's identity.

That's why, despite perhaps more obvious choices, former Montreal great and Stanley Cup-winning coach Jacques Lemaire was sitting there Thursday morning with a brand-new Team Canada hat and jersey with his name and the number 10 -- as in 2010 -- ...

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