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01-03-2013, 02:31 PM
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Vagrant
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The problem with USA hockey prior to the ages of the developmental program is that the talent pool is far too diluted in certain areas. Kids are playing against inferior competition at home and if they don't move to Canada then they are at a disadvantage. Even Minnesota High School hockey is a farce compared to the Junior programs in Canada. Better players, less miles between them, better coaching and competition as a result. There isn't a centralized area of great hockey at those levels and sometimes economic realities dictate that a family can't follow the dreams of their 11 year old hockey prodigy. Players coming from nontraditional locales is only making this worse. How much can you really work on alone?

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