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11-19-2012, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
As for the actual number of Canadiens playing hockey in 1951 or 1961 or points before or after, it does not matter since there is no link between population growth and the production of NHL hockey players by a country. The above clearly showed this. What matters is year round access to facilities and coaching.
You have not clearly shown anything as your guess is as good as mine.

In 1960, were there as many rinks that were open year round as now?

In 1960, did players train for hockey during the summer months like they do now?

Hockey must be in huge trouble in Canada if the population has nearly doubled since 1960 but hockey has been stagnant. Sorry, I don't buy it and don't see that around me. Not only has hockey grown due to growing families that were in Canada in 1960 but 1st and 2nd generation Canadians are latching on to the sport as well and some have even made it to the NHL.

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