Hockey Canada's fundamental philosphy (roster talk/omissions)
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02-19-2010, 12:39 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
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At this level of competition, there's a definite diminishing return on skill. Any given game factors like the ones below will have a larger impact in determining the outcome than the disparity in skill levels between the teams:
-Quality of execution within the team's various offensive and defensive schemes
-Intensity level and effort
-Relative difference in the quality of play between the two goaltenders
Any number of teams in this tournament have goalies good enough to steal a single game. You sure can't depend on, or control, luck. What you do have some control over, however, is constructing a team around players who consistently have high intensity levels and who you think will be able to execute the best within the schemes you want to play. Those players aren't always the most skilled ones available.
It's not about teams, it's all about GOALIES. When a favoured team loses, it's almost always due to the opposition's goalie being on fire. You don't reduce your risk to that by playing with relative tactical strength ratios, your best chance at getting past the hot goalie is ABSOLUTE firepower. Canada left too much firepower and unqiue offensive threats at home, period, and have made themselves more vulnerable to the most common form of elimination, the HOT GOALIE.
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