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08-17-2012, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Dreakmur View Post
Maybe, but the reason determines how much we value that failure.

There's a big difference between going to one tournement, where having one good week of hockey can put you at the top of the scoring leaderboard, and going to multiple tournements and repeatedly showing up on the leaderboard.

Lots of Canadian guys went over and had one good week. That's not the same as what many of the top Europeans did.
Jean Paul Lamirande was in his second WC when he won the best defenseman:

his point total in 1959 was 1G/0A hardly leader board quality numbers.

The USA teams featured many regular spanning two olympics and many WCs - John Mayasich, Christian brothers amongst others.Likewise for Canada especially once the Team Canada concept with Father David Bauer was established. On defense you had regulars like Gary Begg, Marshall Johnston, Terry O'Malley. Johnston was fairly efficient moving the puck under the pre 1969-70 International rules but a slug in the NHL Likewise Lou Nanne an NCAA defenseman who played an eficient international game on defence but had to convert to forward in the NHL because he could not handle the pressure.

The international rules gave a false impression, overrated of European and NA player skills.

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