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11-19-2012, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
You are guessing. I am not.

1960, no Canadian arenas were offering ice 12 months of the year. Maybe end of August to end of May at the extreme.Usually mid September to mid April. Still the case today for the municipal or community venues.

Obviously without arenas they could not skate year round. Most of the training consisted of playing other sports. Yvan Cournoyer was a recruited shortstop, others played football or were multi-sport athletes. Doug Harvey played football, baseball well enough to draw pro interest, plus soccer.

Canada has started producing great hockey players again - once they got away from the size focus. The first and second generation quote is very familiar.
I've played at 3 different facilities that are open during the summer in Toronto. One is a single rink, another has 4 rinks and the other has 6 rinks. That's only where I have actually played.

Even when everyone was looking for size Canada still produced some great players. They just had to prove themselves more if they were small.

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