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12-13-2012, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Ryker View Post
That doesn't tell you absolutely anything about the leagues. In fact, if you do infer something from it it's that QMJHL has Canada's best goalies, because they made the team the most times. And I'm not saying that you should infer that, by the way, either.
There is a point!
A fact about winning and player selection.
we have won 5 of the last 15 WJC.

the russian hockey reconstruction started in 2002 after they did not medal in in thier home country the year before.
Junior availabilty was priority over league play.
Since then they have been in the medals 9/11 times
3 gold 4 Silver 2 bronze

Sweden had a extended period of failure.
In 2005 they Had hockey summit
Created a new junior development approach.
With results starting to show in 2008, eliminating a 12 year drought.
Since 2008 medalled 4/5
1G 2S 1B

In 2006 US started giving CHL/USHL americans a better shot at the team. Saw a consistent jump from 2-3 to 7-8 CHL/USHL players on the roster the last 4 years.
Since 2007 medalled 3/6
1G 2B

From 2002 to 2006 finland got bronze 4 of 5 years.
After the resurgence of Russia, Sweden, USA

So year to year there are really 4 teams who can win.
with entrenched systems since 2009.
You really cannot see a strong diffrence between the 4.

records during the 4 years 2009-2012
1G 2S 1B
1G 1S 1B
1G 1S 1B
1G 1B

these teams realized politics of team or media did not matter.
We cannot afford any of that.

I often question some of the goalie decisions.
Giving visiten the second Chance?
What the heck he choked!

Subban with weak goals.
He has been the worst goalie in camp.

I want to win!
Gold only.
A silver in the group of 4 makes you average
3rd is loser.

Worse yet
2009 Gold
2010 Silver
2011 Silver
2012 Bronze Good thing USA was a major Failure this year.
I do not like the trend.
2013 ?????????

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