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08-10-2010, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Statsy View Post
The differences are many and complex, but in a nutshell the Russian game puts the emphasis on speed and individual offensive ability. The Canadian game is more hard hitting and played with emotion, but still a high degree of skill.

I've always got the sense that the Russian program featured more practice time during the player's developmental stages and the Canadian program featured more game play. Anybody have any interesting insight on that theory?
Russian hockey seems to be a lot of fancy individual stick handling and creative moving around, and Canadian hockey seems to be teams crashing and getting into position and letting off shots from everywhere. Think Evgeni Malkin or Ilya Kovalchuk moving pucks around and think Gretzky and Lemieux working together in the Canada Cups.

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