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I should also add, this 'pressure effecting performance' idea tends to come from the NHL in hockey hotbeds, primarily Canadian cities. I'm not completely sold on the idea, but in a place like Toronto every player is going to have the media in their face over every little thing and people are going to recognize you in the streets. If they are expecting you to win, then there's the more tangible pressure because it follows you everywhere. Compared to a place like say Nashville who are capable of winning when on the ice but stay relatively low key off of it.

The latter is kind of the same for team Canada here. They always have fans cheering for them, especially when playing over here, but they're far more sheltered from the media and when it's all over they'll go back to their Junior team and be completely forgotten by the national media and NHL hockey fans.

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