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12-12-2011, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by nabbyfan View Post
always is hard to see how quickly Latvia as a country has fallen in the hockey world. Ive lived in Riga and it is always disappointing to watch our juniors get blown out of the water by the powerhouses.
Fallen? Have we ever really been something more than also-ran at junior level? I don't think so.

Our hockey system is as poor as ever since the dissolution of SU. Though, we still somehow are in front of Belarus and Kazakhstan despite the huge money these two countries are devoting to hockey. Sometimes I do think that if weren't for the huge armadas of fans travelling to annual WC's at the spring in late 90's, our hockey would be in poorer state than Ukrainian. Our unexplained passion for hockey allowed hockey to survive despite the complete lack of any hockey foundations in the country.

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