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Players deserve the Olympic option

Tim Kutkuhn, Boise, Idaho

I am addressing this correspondence to Mr. Rich Duryea whose letter I just read in the recent issue of THN.

Mr. Duryea states owners have every right to object to their players participating in the Olympics so I ask: what’s next? Are we going to deny their participation in the World Championship, from playing in other leagues during lockouts, even from using snow blowers? (Sorry Joe Sakic).

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Owners do not own the players, they pay them a salary (like every other business owner) to play for their team, so they can bring in fans and make money from ticket sales and concessions.

I feel players have every right to make the decision regarding their participation in any event not associated with the NHL or its affiliates.