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08-10-2012, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by pappyline View Post
For somebody that admits that their historical knowledge of hockey is lacking you sure do like giving uneducated opinions. You really don't understand the Canadian passion for the game. I go back to the 50's but I think things were not much different before then. The short days didn't matter. school got out at 3:30, you grabbed your skates & stick & headed to the pond. If it got too dark to play on the pond, you played road hockey under the street lights. in my small village, there was a back yard rink with lights, we played there. Thats what you did. Nobody cared what NHL players got paid. We all would have played for nothing. This is why Canada was the predominant hockey nation. Unless you understand this Canadian passion for the game, you will never understand its history.
Thanks for sharing your experience. Here's Gordie Howe's story growing up in Saskatchewan in the 1930s, a bit before your time. After Howe got his first pair of skates...
From that moment on, I loved skating. As a boy, I even ate meals with my skates on. Hockey meant everything to me. I'd go off the ice straight into the kitchen. My mom put some papers down so that I wouldn't mark up the linoleum. As soon as I finished eating, I'd go right back on the ice, missing only a couple of shifts.
Gordie Howe from Hockey: A People's History

While natural talent and good training are also important for becoming a hockey star, there's no substitute for spending thousands or tens of thousands of hours on a rink, developing technical skill and an instinctive feel for the game. Canadian hockey stars have had this background for a hundred years.

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