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11-30-2012, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Kanadensisk View Post
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.
French Canadiens are surrounded by English Canadian and American culture. Few French Canadians have never been the US or English Canada. Outside of language they share many of the same cultural traits as their Anglo American counter parts. The difference in Russian culture to North American is immense. I've lived in both the former Soviet Union and Montreal and there is no comparison to the adjustment. You simply have to look at how many Canadian players struggle with the adaptation to life in Russia during this and the last lockout. Many of them quickly realize it's easier to take less money in a place like Switzerland than deal with the culture shock. All credit to the Russian players who come here and make it look so easy.

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