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05-05-2009, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by VMBM View Post
All in all, the Top player awards - when compared with the scoring stats - generally seem to make more sense than the Soviet ones.
There is still a curious lack of correlation at times between scoring and MVP voting (the mostly complete results of which can be found here, season-by-season, in the archives section). It is curious that Novy won only a single Golden Stick during the real golden age of Czech hockey, and didn't pick up his 2nd and 3rd until after the other Czech greats had either declined (Martinec, the Holiks) or left for North America (Peter Stastny, Nedomansky long before). As far as recognizeable names go, only Hlinka was left for competition in the Czech league after 1980.

Jiri Holik gets MVP voting love well out of whack with his scoring finishes, as well. There is definitely more than just scoring going into the Golden Stick voting outcomes, and like the Soviets, the "Golden Era" Czech voters also took defensemen into consideration in a way that Hart voters have not done since, well...the 70's.

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