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11-18-2012, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by nabbyfan View Post
No way. I've lived in Latvia and can tell you absolutely nobody there would go for a combined 'Baltic Team'. Hockey is not at all popular in the Baltics besides in Latvia and some of the areas around Vilnius, notably Elektrenai, Lithuania. But the fact that Latvia has their own teams is such a great sense of pride for the people that there is no sense in combining them, besides, all the players would be Latvian anyway except for the addition of Zubrus.
Fair enough. I do not know much about hockey culture in the Baltic states and was merely applying a method used in other sports (of combining smaller countries in international competitions so that they can be competitive).

How is hockey in Latvia? Do you think Latvia will be able to become more competitive in international tournaments? Their KHL team seems very well supported.

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