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Kazakhstan Citizen: Pyeongchang Olympics and Problem Dawes

kazakhstan citizen: But there is one big problem Dawes became a Kazakhstan citizen two years ago in order to play for its national team and therefore he can no longer perform for Canada, according to CBC. Dawes made the decision because Astana felt like home and he figured his days playing for Canada were behind him. In his seventh season with Astana Barys of the Kontinental Hockey League, the 32-year-old from Winnipeg has checked in with an eye-catching 18 goals in his first 18 games. The left wing, like many others, didn't foresee NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's disappointing decision to halt the league's participation for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in February. But what makes his ineligibility even more difficult to deal with is the fact that his new Barys Astana linemates Linden Vey of Wakaw, Sask., and Matt Frattin of Edmonton also have become strong candidates to make the Canadian Olympic team. There are no hard feelings between Dawes and Hockey Canada. ( As reported in the news.