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12-01-2012, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Ogopogo View Post
Gretzky, Howe and the Staal brothers would disagree.

Ponds and backyard rinks play a major role in development.
Howe and Gretzky came up in a different time. And you're really out there if you believe that the Staal brothers wouldn't have become NHL players without a pond. Sure, it provided cheap and entertaining hockey and a chance to learn some stick handling and have fun, but the VAST majority of their skilled were honed through playing years of AAA hockey.

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