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05-10-2011, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by takharov View Post
Other countries seem to be able to integrate their NHL players into their sides with sucess.

Surely it is more to do with coaching and picking the right blend of players ?

Some of those picked from the KHL haven't exactly shone.

It's all has to be hammered into the youth. There needs to be specialist netminding schools and practice practice and practice for them.

Practice does make perfect. Sure talent helps but without practice it's useless and will not acheive perfection as with all the gymnasts, ice skaters , pianists etc etc that were produced en masse.

The Red Machine sure it thrived on playing together as a 'club' based side but the amount of practice and innovative coaching is another factor.

It's no coincidence that a lot of the sucess of the USA in junior hockey aside from a bigger physical stature at that age is down to borrowing from Russian coaching manuals.

The same way gymnasts and skaters over there have unfortunately benefitted from Russian coaches who instil the old Soviet ethics and techniques.

It is sad albeit it is a WC to see the team perform so poorly. This had better not happen in the Olympics or perhaps heads and about time too will roll.
I agree with you that practice and training is everything. The best Soviet teams obviously benefitted from the fact that all players played in the same country, where they could be accessible for practice and training without disrupting league schedules. In fact, most national team players migrated to Moscow, which made it completely easy.

Obviously, players who prefer to go the NHL should be completely free to do so, with no penalty in terms of being boycotted from the national teams. At the same time, it would be much better if the KHL could develop enough high quality players so that it wouldn't be necessary to pray on your knees that the Capitals or Red Wings get eliminated from the playoffs early, so that they could be available for the national team. For Canadians and Americans, the NHL is everything, and the WC's are unimportant.

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