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03-17-2012, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
Well, they've got a lot of North Americans with Croatian roots. They're basically playing Joe Sakic's cousins who were not good enough to make it in the NHL. Plus some of their "Croatians" don't even have a Croatian background: Michael Ouzas, Kenny MacAuley, Geoff Waugh. 1/2 Croatian? Debatable.
They don't have to be 1/2 in order to qualify.. they need to have only one great grandparent. Croatian citizenship laws are very liberal in order to get people (who moved out in communist times) to return. Just in South and North America there's more Croats than in Zagreb. I've met quite a lot of South American Croats on my university so i guess that's working out for them. Some didn't know a single word of Croatian.. but oh well

Ouzas, MacAuley and Waugh were scouted/signed on purpose because they had some distant Croat relative so that they would count as home players. EBEL roster has sort of point cap.. you gotta fit your roster into 60 points.

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