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01-17-2012, 11:47 AM
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Harv
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A strong hockey area is when several NHLers are coming out of the same hometown. Look at Welland, Ontario .. they produced 10 NHLers.

But it's much more than that. Hockey has to dominate the region. It can't be an afterthought and a niche sport. That produces the best competition for young players to develop. If a player is dominating his local league it isn't doing him any good. He's in for a surprise when he goes away to a high end program. It happens to 100s of kids every year. Those same old moves don't work against the big boys and often kids struggle and often get frustrated when coaches and fans aren't kissing their ass every game. It happens.

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