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08-17-2012, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
My point that you twist into chauvinism is about the two sets of rules that existed in hockey starting with the 1943-44 season and the start of the 1969-70 season. The NHL, pro and semi pro leagues and all of Canada used the red line and allowed the aggressive forecheck in the offensive zone. The NCAA, AAU and AHA in the USA and Europe did not recognize the red line and did not allow body checking by the offensive team in the defensive zone. This seriously hampered the development of USA trained hockey players in the fifties and early sixties. It impacted European hockey as well. Both the USA and Europe had to reshape programs in 1969. The results were obvious with the influx of USA and European trained players by the mid 1970s.
Don't you find it odd that we always assume the NHL rules were the "right rules" at the time.

There's no denying that a lot of players who went from European/American rules into he NHL failed. The question is, why did they fail. Did they fail bacause they couldn't adjust to the rules, or because they just weren't good enough?

In the ATD, it's important to identify the best hockey players, and not just the best players who can play an NHL style. Since the ATD games are played in no particular era, with no particular set of rules, and in n particular style, the fact that some players played under abnormal rules isn't really relevant.

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