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Nicholson: Two years without medal at hockey worlds 'totally unacceptable'

The president of Hockey Canada says two years without a medal at the IIHF World Hockey Championship is "totally unacceptable."

Bob Nicholson believes his organization needs to start looking at ways to avoid a similar fate next year.

Canada was knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals for the second straight year with a 2-1 loss to Russia on Thursday.

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Nicholson thinks GM Dave Nonis assembled a good enough team to win here, but faulted a few young players for declining invitations to the tournament for reasons that were a "little lame."

He refused to name names - "those players know who they are" - but indicated they could have made the difference between winning and losing.

With the quarter-final exit, Canada will fall to at least third in the world rankings.

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