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01-28-2013, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
It is now, but in the 70s and with a few exceptions the 80s, players from Czechoslovakia were barred from playing in the NHL for political reasons, and it doesn't make sense that their talent just sprang from nowhere when they were allowed to join the NHL.
With the exception of the Stastnys, nobody from Czechoslovakia made much of an impact in the NHL until the early 90s (Stan Mikita doesn't count). That indicates to me an emerging hockey nation, but one that wasn't quite there yet.

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