Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/23/11
When John Carlson was selected to represent Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championships, his Hershey Bears were gearing up for what would become a Calder Cup championship and the Washington Capitals promoted him to the NHL. Even though Washington was preparing for a playoff run of its own, and experiencing multiple injuries on the blue line, the team released Carlson to play in the World Junior tournament at Saskatchewan. Carlson ended up winning gold for Team USA with his overtime goal against Canada. This year, despite starving for wins, the Anaheim Ducks released right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to play for Team Canada in the tournament, which begins Dec. 26. Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement that the tournament would be more beneficial to his development than remaining with a losing Anaheim team. "This season wasn't going too great up there, and for a first-year guy, they didn't want me to be around the negativity," Smith-Pelly told the Toronto Sun. Tamp...
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