Where would you say each major national team is in cyclical terms.
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12-13-2012, 02:41 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Do you guys have hockey prodigies?
I think American development systems are great, but do they have the "rink in the backyard, playing 80 hours a week" kind of kids who start at age 3?
Once organized hockey takes over, I don't see any real advantage of Canada over the US.
More players to some extent, but elite American minor hockey teams are very good (I'm thinking Compuware, Honeybaked etc.).
They exist, but they typically don't get funneled through "the system", and if they do they don't last long (see: Pat Kane). Think about the top shelf skill players the U.S. has developed over the last 20+ years and a good percentage of them came from the CHL. I think that will continue until the changes within USA Hockey kick in.
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