Hockey in Europe and growth
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07-21-2012, 11:41 AM
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I think that +6 is for U20. Sure, our U20 team is "miracle on ice" for last couple of seasons, first we promoted to Div1 and then stayed there for three years in a row, but that is more exception than rule. We have had many players who left Croatia in early age and went to play in bigger nations. Now they are slowly "retiring" (becoming too old for U20) and when goalie Tomljenovic becomes too old for U20, we will be knocked down, not in D2A, but in D2B within two years. Our hockey development is non existant, youth coaches main preoccupation is too collect money from parents.
Medvescak is doing great job in EBEL, and is strong candidat to enter KHL, but it's success is based on players from all over the europe and NA with Croat origins and imports.
So, Croatia is little odd case. We have good possibility to have club in KHL and in other hand we don't have a system who can produce even regular 4th liner (10-12-15 points) for EBEL.
So basically what you are saying is the past couple of years has been a strong class of players and the talent is dropping off in the future?
Hopefully the success of Medvescak in the EBEL and possibility of joining KHL will attract more fans and get more kids interested in playing.
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