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Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - HOCKEY -

KENORA na­tive Mike Richards won gold in Van­cou­ver but says that has no bear­ing on his sta­tus to­day. Bab­cock has been clear there are no guar­an­teed spots for 2010 win­ners. Richards says the hottest play­ers should go, as they’ll give Canada the best chance to win.

“It’s kind of the way you want it. You want to earn your spot. It’s a lot of fun and you want to be part of it. Van­cou­ver was great and I’d love to be in Sochi,” said Richards.

A quick start to the NHL sea­son is key, says Richards.

“It helps. You have to put an em­pha­sis on each game and there is no chance to take games off, like you might when you get lost in a long sea­son. You have to play ev­ery game like you should and like you need to,” he said.

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