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12-23-2012, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
WHA teams liked the gate and exposure when European teams toured North America. The only WHA team that could be viewed as having an International roster was Winnipeg, the others dabbled a little bit.

The other teams tended to be regional in team composition. Quebec focused on players with a province of Quebec hockey background. Edmonton, Calgary,Toronto, New England and Minnesota concentrated on players with regional backgrounds slowly morphing into pandering to the audience - Birmingham with its goons. Empty roster spots went to what was left over and available.
I thought you may all enjoy this Sports Illustrated article about the 1976 Izvestia Tournament.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...1919/index.htm

Craig Wallace

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