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“It’s been 20 years, a long time ago,” said Nedved, who is still a point-per-game scorer in the Czech domestic league. “I thought it was a great opportunity to be a part of this again and I didn’t want to miss it.”

Nedved has a few more lines in his face and many more white hairs on his chin since he last played in the NHL, but Olympic thoughts are fresh in his mind. Canada lost to Sweden on Peter Forsberg’s historic shootout goal in the finals of the Lillehammer tournament.

“I still have a bitter memory of that, of Forsberg,” Nedved said with a grin Tuesday. “No, it was a great experience for me. It was a really good tournament. It’s tough when you decide a gold medal with penalty shots, but that’s the way it is. I think about that game almost every month.”