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12-06-2012, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Slimmy View Post
The US has, by far, had more active hockey players than Sweden ever since the invention of the sport. We're talking hundreds of thousands more. Would an additional 100,000 really do that much of a difference?
Not really and the general argument against the quantity improving the top end quality is that given that hockey is a fourth or more tiered sport in the USA, the naturally gifted athletes gravitate towards other sports. 100,000 more recreation league players would have way less effect than even 100 elite level all American athletic types deciding to lace up.

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