Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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12-10-2012, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by
I don't think there's a problem in saying there are 4 top contenders (Russia, Canada, Sweden, USA) and that any of them could beat any other at basically any level, given the 1-game elimination formats of all the big tournaments. There really isn't any point in narrowing it down further than that IMHO (unless you are the IIHF applying a ranking to tournament pool selections for example).
You make a good point...
...but its hard not to award the
to the nation that won the Olympics.
Somebody gotta have the bragging rights (
), and if the Olympics don't apply the actual games will never mean anything. Canada will always have unmatched
and so forth.
In a case like this, I think you can argue that Russia possibly has moved ahead of Canada but a couple of WCH's never makes a country the clear nr 1.
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