Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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12-11-2012, 07:31 AM
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So, you have a tournament that was largely held on North American soil (except once), took place in the summer months, employed NHL officials, and was won largely by North American (re: except for 1981) teams throughout its entire history.
Do I believe that Europeans put a lot of stock in this tournament? No, and it's pretty obvious why.
Now you've got another tournament that was largely held on European soil (except once), took place during the NHL playoffs, employed European trained officials, and was won largely by European countries throughout its entire history (once you get past the era of black and white television).
I wonder where I could be going with this.
To be fair, both USA and Canada have completely failed in pretty much all competitions outside of North America.
Nagano and Turin were the last two examples.
On the other hand, Canada was both Olympics best-on-best in NA...
So, whatever. Home ice matters, I guess.
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