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01-01-2005, 01:34 AM
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The reason for the excitement and high scores has very little to do with the ice surface (which is by the way a bit smaller than regular international ice).

The elimination of the red line is probably the greatest contributing factor to the fast pace of the game. In addition the relative inconsistency and inexperience of these young players provides for mistakes which translate into goals. Lastly, there are 3-4 talented/semi-talented teams in which the game by virtue of comparison is quite honestly boys playing against men (eg. Canada vs. it's pool).

It's great hockey no doubt, and I've become an advocate for eliminating the red line as have numerous substantial hockey minds. With that said however, a larger ice surface is not the answer. The Swedish Elite League is the most defensive league in the world and they'll be the first to tell you that bigger isn't necessarily better.

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