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03-22-2008, 01:31 PM
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I certainly don't think it's a "new necessity". What aspect of the game exactly is getting more complicated? I would argue the financial aspect, but the majority of players hire agents to deal with that. Aside from that, the vast majority of the player's commitment is on the ice, and "off-ice" intelligence has little to do with performance. Some may suggest that dealing with the media is also an area in which more intelligent players would thrive at. However, with the expensive PR machines that team's have nowadays, all players are trained adequately to deal with that.

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