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03-05-2010, 02:55 AM
Blades of Glory
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I have a question. How many of you Canadians were actually alive to witness the last time Canada played the "Russians" in a game that actually was relevant to international hockey before 2010(i.e. not the World Championships)?

Really, I want to know. Canada-Russia is no rivalry. If you consider meaningless World Championship meetings some great "rivalry", good for you. Canada-USSR was the rivalry of rivalries. That rivalry is long dead. The truth is that there have been 7 best-on-best tournaments since the fall of the Soviet Union. 3 World/Canada Cups and 4 Olympic Games. Canada-USA has been the match-up in 2 out of the 3 Canada/World Cup Finals and 2 out of the 4 Olympic Gold Medal games. Maybe it is time for certain people to stop kidding themselves about a Canada-Russia rivalry that has been dormant since the fall of the Soviet Union.

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