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06-25-2004, 05:38 PM
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Vlad The Impaler
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A lot of Finnish players play do or die hockey. Many of them are injury-prone. The highlight reels from Finland always look like WWII documentaries. It's highly entertaining for fans but guys like Koivu, Ruutu and Pitkanen are bumped up before they even hit NHL ice and they continue to play that way here. They have great work ethic, energy and they will play hurt (which sometimes just makes things worse for their long-term careers)

There are lots of smart players in the NHL who will sneak up on you if you play reckless and take you down, often with perfectly legal hits.

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