Difference between Canada's hockey and Russian's hockey
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08-16-2010, 04:35 PM
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NyQuil, I think you are thinking of old school Russian hockey. Those old Soviet teams that dominated would play puck possession and regroup if a great scoring chance didn't present itself. That's not the case with Russian teams of this day and age which play high speed transition, trying to spring a player for a one-on-one rush where he can beat the defender and get a good shot. It seems very individualistic these days.
I mean, the skillsets of the Russian NHLers would lend itself to this kind of system, but I'm not sure if they're actually employing it regularly.
I'd be interested in looking at shot totals, for example.
I agree that the differences between the hockey "schools" are much fewer these days, with players and play on both sides of the pond arriving at a kind of happy medium.
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