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11-30-2012, 06:23 AM
Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Xokkeu View Post
First of all there is a difference between different European countries. It's much easier for Swedes on average than Russians. Russian culture is much different from North America. French Canadiens generally have a lot more exposure to English Canada and American culture and are much more familiar with it.
Yes there are differences and varying degrees of severity but if this impact on player performance was that big an issue it should have appeared with French Canadians, even if it was to a lesser degree than say Russians. As a side note you might be interested to know that a higher percentage of Swedes and Finns speak english than do the Quebecois. I should also mention that there are loads of new immigrants in all NHL cities these days, and BTW a lot more of them are from Russia than say Quebec or any other hockey country.

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