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06-16-2012, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
You have to wonder, with all the losses in Football, and wins in Hockey if more youths are turning towards Hockey as #1 sport in Russia. It would be logical...
In hockey, kids have the prospect of being world and Olympic champions down the road, and the prestige of being recognized as one of the best players in the World. In Football, it seems as though there is no chance for Russian teams to accomplish any important goals, or develop any really great players. It is always the same old story in the World Cup and European Championships (the Russians played well in 2008, but it was a different Arshavin then than this year). For me, it seems like a no-brainer for the best athletes to gravitate toward hockey, especially with the prospects of really good salaries in the KHL in addition to the NHL. I hated seeing the faces of the Russian fans in the stadium today - they have been through it so many times before.

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