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10-05-2012, 05:21 PM
Rob Scuderi
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I honestly think every single Swede coming to NA was given that treatment. Hedberg or Nilsson mention Salming and Thommie Bergman were really big helps for them, but they were certainly still forerunners.

Even in "The Game," Dryden talks about how during one game the Habs are playing some team with a Swede and basically this is a signal for his teammates for the rest of the game. The belief at the time was ALL Swedes don't like being hit, so we must constantly hit them. The problem is, if you give anyone that treatment after awhile it sort of becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I think that's where Ted Green's quote is key. How many Canucks or Americans could withstand that special attention for seasons at a time and just sit there and take it?

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