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Our weekly selection of hockey moves that leave us scratching our heads. We don't recommend that any of these feats be attempted at home. Submit your suggestions for Hoser of the Week directly to us at
For the Week of 2/11/02
Gary Bettman - NHL
Bettman and his NHL cronies have put league before country in their decision to force NHL players to stay away from Olympic ice if that player's NHL team is scheduled to play on the same day.

Bettman upheld a complaint filed by an anonymous NHL team , which wanted Marco Sturm in the Sharks lineup when San Jose faced Carolina on Sunday night.

Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe was kept out of Latvia's win over Slovakia because of the NHL ruling.

"Disappointing doesn't describe how I feel," Irbe said. "I feel devastated. You have such high hopes to do something like this and you want to make your team the best."

The NHL will take an Olympic break for 12 days following Wednesday's games. Several players arranged to travel back and forth between their NHL teams and Salt Lake City to participate in the qualifying tournament, which began Saturday, as long as it did not intergere with their NHL schedule.
Previous Winners

1/28/02: Diane Harper - Colorado Youth Hockey

1/14/02: Thomas Junta & Michael Costin

1/7/02: Theo Fleury - New York Rangers

12/24/01: Adam Mair - Los Angeles Kings

11/26/01: Jason Weimer - Florida Panthers

11/19/01: Dan Buccella - London Knights (OHL)

11/12/01: Brendan Shanahan - Detroit Red Wings

11/5/01: Vaclav Varada - Buffalo Sabres

10/29/01: Vaclav Varada - Buffalo Sabres

10/22/01: Sergei Samsonov - Boston Bruins

10/15/01: Todd Bertuzzi - Vancouver Canucks

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