The NHL will take a break in its schedule from Feb. 9-25 to allow its players to take part in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. It's something the League has done since 1998.
But a decade before the NHL decided to let all of its players take part in the Olympic Games, Jim Peplinski traded in his Calgary Flames jersey for the chance to play for his country.
The IIHF had given the OK for professionals to take part in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, but the NHL was still a decade away from signing on. However, there was no ban on individual teams allowing players to play. Peplinski, a rugged eight-year veteran who had scored as many as 30 goals for the Flames, was offered the opportunity to play because of the close connection between team ownership and Hockey Canada.