Latvian hockey on the rise?
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09-12-2012, 09:07 AM
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Indeed, I won't agree. Once again, KHL/MHL has nothing to do with the success current batch of players. For example, you simply cannot credit MHL for the development of Bukarts, because he's been lighting the league up since his first game in the MHL, just like Sidney Crosby didn't become a superstar because of Rimouski Oceanic of QMJHL.
KHL will help in long term, in a way that
more parents will want to sign kids up for hockey
, because of current celebrity status of every half-capable skater we have.
I agree about the absolute importance of dedicated hockey parents. To be really good at a sport 99% of all people have to start very young (always the exception off course but its very rare these days -> the danish cyclist Nicky Sørensen started as 19, and have since become danish road race champion 4 times and won etapes in both Tour de France, and Vuelta Espana; but he was a runner before that). People that becomes world class players would probably have become world class in another sport had they chosen that from an early age. So all sports are in competion for the really great talents. Some people just have the talent for work ethics, technical skill, athletism or smart play. So if people choose other than hockey it's very often because of lack of TV-exposure or the cost of equipment, or hockey rinks in the area. Football and basketball etc..basically just need a pair of shoes.
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