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10-01-2012, 03:08 PM
Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Fantomas View Post
You want to have your cake and eat it too.

Yes, the Soviets had all that preparation. But that came with a price.

They had no freedom, no privacy. In some ways it was as much a detriment as it was a benefit.
The IIHF does an annual Survey of Players which tracks the number of hockey players and hockey arenas in each country. From that you will see that the number of elite (professional) players that each country produces is directly related to the number of players and arenas the country has. It is pretty obvious why the two are related.

This is the reason why Canada has produced so many more great players and why we have won so many more best on best tournaments than anyone else. It really just comes down to having a hockey infrastructure and getting kids on the ice.

It would probably be unbearable for you or I to go back and live in the oppressive society of the 1970's Soviet Union but that was the only life those players knew so I'm not sure how much of a factor it was on their performance.

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