Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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11-30-2012, 11:46 PM
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Let's not forget that cultural differences extend to 'hockey culture' as well.
In the big picture, the hockey culture of North America is quite uniform. Even a non-English speaking Quebecois would have no difficulty understanding the drills, type of hockey played in, let's say, New York. Does Team Canada have difficulty uniting French and Anglo Canadians? Not really.
However, Russian hockey culture is worlds apart from NA. These differences extend to hockey mentality, style of game, coaching tactics, types of practice, player development, player roles, off ice training, etc. etc. Now include language and off-ice cultural differences, and it's no wonder why numerous quality players can't adjust.
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