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TSN: Tavares Could Emerge as Canadian Darkhorse in Sochi

by Jonas Siegel / New York Islanders

SOCHI, Russia – Since that highly-anticipated day in early January when he was officially named to the Canadian Olympic team, the nerves have not stopped pumping for John Tavares.

"I think I've had 'em for about a month," he said. "As much as the travel's been tough, I think [you're] losing a lot of sleep just because you're so anxious and so excited."

Four years ago in Vancouver, it was a then-21-year-old Jonathan Toews who emerged from the lower ranks of a powerhouse roster to steer Canada to gold. Nerves aside, could the 23-year-old Tavares prove a similar dark-horse in the Canadians' bid for back-to-back golds in Sochi?

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