HOH Top 70 Players of All Time (2009)
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10-27-2012, 08:48 PM
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In quick tally I counted 39 players who had the bulk of their career before 1970, a couple of whom were borderline, and that seems about right in a top-70 list.
So Europeans make 10 of the top 30-35 players after 1970, which is about the time Europe/Russia caught up to Canada in the production of talent. 10/30 still seems slightly low, but it's not a criminally low number really. As many as 3 (Firsov, Salming, Stastny) could have been added in the next vote.
For all intents and purposes the Soviets had a full time national team that was concentrated into 2 or 3 club teams in order to provide meaningful competetion between international tournaments. If you are basing your assumption on the degree of individual talent production from international team results you are going to be way off the mark. Russia / USSR alone never came close to equalling Canada in terms of the production of talent. I would say that all of Europe combined started to come close to Canada in that regard in the mid 1990's when Sweden and Finland started producing more stars.
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