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12-04-2012, 10:15 AM
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Obviously there will be certain individuals or a small group of individuals that go against the norm but stereotypes are based off some truth...
*** Canadians are all around players. Who can skate with the skilled, bang with the big guys and play well because they know the game very well. Its in their blood on a general basis. Yet you will also see changes among the different Canadian areas. Quebec and French Canadians seem to be more fluent and rely more on skating and skill. Ontario and Western hockey players rely more on size and strength, simplicity. Notice how the Canadians still play a lot of dump and chase and cycle in the corners.
*** Americans who are neighbors of the great north have taken much of their knowledge of the game from Canada. Its the North American way. But because the game is not as rich in the US, American teams or players are not as depth in skill.
** Russians have taken their game from the Soviet roots and off of Tarasenov's ideology of the game. Its not only about individual speed but also increasing puck moving speed. They were the first to create the cycle, the weave, the switching of positions and trying to play a 5 unit offensive and defensive game. Not just a LW, RW, C and 2 D. Its about speed, skating and skill.
The Soviets were the most dominating hockey team from the 60's until the 90's. Europeans took notice quickly on their style of the game especially since they were very close to Russia and many of them were adopted into its system (Czech, Slovakia etc).
So you will see the roots go back to North American style and European Style.
But it does go further...
Look at the stats within each European league. Is it just coincidence that Russian goalies have an avg of higher GAA and Swedish have lower. I think it has to do with the ideology that Russians believe in more confusing team play and a lot of shots and more offense and puck control. Swedes, Finnish and that Nordic style believe in more defensive positioning and organization and then Counter Attack.
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