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12-05-2012, 08:04 AM
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Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Jonimaus View Post
Why is USA being spoken of as the 2nd or 3rd best hockey nation? They are 5th, at best. Canada Russia Sweden and Finland would crush them in a best of anything higher than 1 serie. The olympics is the best international tournament, sure, but everyone could see several good nations underperform, and Miller playing like a beast.
This is a common misconception amongst Europeans. Not only does the US have the second most people playing hockey and also arenas by quite a large margin over any country in Europe, they have also done extremely well at the men's best on best level. The US has made it to the finals in 4 of the last 7 best on best tournaments, winning of course in '96. Again this is quite a bit better than any European team.

The problem is that the US don't put a high value on international hockey and have an even harder time than Canada in getting players to go to the World Championships. They are however a pretty clear number 2 in my opinion.

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