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12-25-2012, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
One industry or boom towns tended to such cycles. Industry or boom leaves and the families do likewise leaving for areas with jobs.
I'm wondering if this is a pattern as hockey has 'modernized' over the past 30 years. Are there less players coming from small towns and more coming from larger cities now? Is this because organized training has taken the place of pure opportunity on ice? I suspect so. It certainly would account for some of the lack of creativity we see now in the NHL. Personally I attribute that more to the systems coaches employ these days that restrict creativity than to organized training.

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