Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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12-15-2012, 02:33 PM
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It has nothing to do labeling the tournament, The world championships have always been the number 1 tournament for Europeans, players and fans... it has never been so for Canadians and Americans, I hope that all the best players show up this year if the NHL season is wiped out, but based on what happened in 2005, I'm not expecting it...but who knows, maybe Hockey Canada will insist on sending all Olympic players since 2005 they didn't send the A team and went into an Olympic year grossly unprepared... perhaps they'll take a different approach this year, we'll see ... I'm sure Canadian fans are up for it...not so sure about our players, I hear Jerome Iglina already has Hockey Canada's number blocked on his mobile and is gone into hiding.
Canadians just plain don't care about the World Championships. We don't send our best and we don't place very much significance on it.
I don't really see how other nations can compete with Canada as top hockey nation realistically. We just produce too many good hockey players in various roles. We have exceptional depth in all areas. That isn't a slight on any other hockey nation either. Canada seems to consistently produce the largest pool of players that do an excellent job of filling a wide variety of roles and also produce the most "star" players (as well as the best really). I think while international tournaments (both best on best and otherwise) do hold some significance, I think there has to be some emphasis placed on the amount and quality of professional hockey players produced through each nations development programs as well. Canada has everyone beat there, and I don't think the international competitions we currently have are the be all and end all to ranking hockey nations. Using them that way would be pretty silly and can paint some pretty inaccurate pictures at times. There are more nuances present that do not get properly explored and analyzed if you focus your judgement on that one particular aspect rather than broadening the scope.
That being said Sweden and Russia are no slouches and deserve to be treated with the appropriate amount of respect as great hockey nations themselves. The difference between them and Canada is not great and they should command a certain amount of respect and prestige for their contributions and successes in hockey both in the past and present. Too much emphasis on nationalism in hockey.
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