Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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11-27-2012, 05:00 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Toronto, ON
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Russia has won 1 (2011) of the past 9 World Juniors and ZERO best on best tournaments in 30 years.
Best-On-Best Winners since '76 Canada Cup
1976 - Canada
1981 - Soviet Union
1984 - Canada
1987 - Canada
1991 - Canada
1996 - USA
1998 - Czech Rep
2002 - Canada
2004 - Canada
2006 - Sweden
2010 - Canada
Are Russia perhaps lucky to even be considered in this echelon? They do nothing when all the big boys play. If not for the World Championships they would have very little to fall back on.
Keep in mind that not only did Canada THUMP Russia in their last best on best matchup in 2010, but Canada has added several elite level talents (Stamkos, Giroux, Tavares etc.,) while Russia's elite level talent largely remains the same from the team that got worked in 2010. Canada was far superior in 2010 and will be adding ridiculous talent for 2014 while Russia will mostly stay the same. Judge that how you will.
Bottom line, they have to get on the ice and play. Anything can happen in one-off games with such high talent level. Not to mention the Swedes and Americans. Anyone can beat anyone. But when simply talking on a message board and listing talent, Canada is best by a very wide margin.
Your stats are very selective. Your argument is a definition of how stats can be used to present a specific (biased) point of view. Not to mention that I do not even consider the
World Championships to be proper tournaments. Why just 9 years of world Juniors? Why not 15 or 30? Why 30 Years for "best on best"? Why just best on best? Is that all there is to hockey?
As you said "Anything can happen in one-off games with such high talent level. Not to mention the Swedes and Americans.
Anyone can beat anyone
." Thus you're devaluing your own statement of 'best on best' tournaments.
The only thing that is by a wide margin, is the perceived quality of Canadian hockey players and their true ability compared to other nations.
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