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07-29-2010, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Krazy_Eyez View Post
You guys did have an exceptionally old team in 04, 30.3 years old on average to be exact. I don't blame you for being more excited about the current crop.

While Canada wasn't super young in 04 there was a significant youth movement with the average age at 27.5. Bouwmeester was 21, Heatley was 23, Lecavaliver, Richards, Gagne, and Regehr were 24, Thornton, Marleau and Hannan were 25. And Iggy and Redden were both in their primes at 27.

Nevertheless I think the reasons 2012 will be a better tournament then '04 are twofold; infusion of youth worldwide, and allowing that youth to play skilled hockey.

Looking at defence it's obvious things are on the up and up.

Canada 2004
Niedermayer
Jovanovski
Redden
Foote
Brewer
Hannan
Bouwmeester

Regehr

USA 2004

Chelios
Klee
Weinrich
Miller
Leetch
Rafalski
Gill

Canada 2010
Niedermayer
Pronger
Keith
Seabrook
Doughty
Boyle
Weber

USA 2010
E. Johnson
J. Johnson
Suter
Rafalski
Orpik
Gleason
Whitney
Keep in mind that both Pronger and Blake were injured for the 2004 World Cup, and replaced by Hannan and Bouwmeester. While Bouwmeester played well in the tournament, I'm not sure if Hannan even played. Regardless, our defense corps would have looked better with those two veterans in the lineup.

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