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12-14-2012, 10:12 PM
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Hanji
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Originally Posted by NyQuil View Post
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?
I don't believe the typical hockey kid skates for hours on ponds like he used to. Too much else to do nowadays.
When the US is behind Europe in skill development and the game isn't woven into the fabric of our society like Canada, it's no wonder we haven't produced a potential HOF forward in nearly 20 years.
We can no doubt field great teams but why settle for less? There's always room for improvement. Skill development is an area we can improve upon. I'm glad USA Hockey realizes as such and is proactively making changes.

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