Regarding Eastern Europeans and Hockey...
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02-10-2013, 12:26 PM
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1. Russia and Bulgaria have probably on of the most complicated relations between slavic nations. For example Bulgaria fought on the side of the Nazis in WWII then swaped sides in 1944 to name a recent example. The bulgarian xenophobia I don't really get is full of ignorance. I'm not talking about all bulgarians. But this kind of attitude is there. The "we don't like russians" part is pretty laughable. If the regard the soviaet era, why russians? We didn't have only russians in the Soviet Union. It's the same if I'd mix up bulgarians and serbs for some reason. In my experience most bulgarians who talk like that can't really explain what they actually don't like about russians.
That's not accurate. First of all why Russia again? And then I could not really see it in different eastern europaen countries. There is abig difference between politics and ordinary people's life. In most case the national culture and tradition actually prevailed over any political ideology from above.
2. I would consider Czechs and Slovaks eastern europeans.
3. It's NOT cold enough in most of those countries. Still there were good hockey schools in the Soviet Union which just fell apart after the breakdown of the Soviet Union. Latvia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan are the ususal suspects. Well Latvia is too small a country to become a real force, but they a doing well now with Dinamo Riga in the KHL and a formidable national team. Kazakhstan and Ukraine pretty must lost everything there was regarding their hockey schools and will have a tough time coming back. Kazakhstan of course lies mostly in Asia. Still the have the potential, but it would take a lot of time and money now. Ukraine is too warm and a football crazy country. There are ppl now trying to work on their hockey future, but I don't see them succeed big time in the near future. That's the countries with soviet hockey roots. Other eastern european countries dont' really have the tradition, mostly because of the climate.
Atas, I'm sorry if I offended you in regards to the way Bulgarians regarding Russians. There are always going to be something of a sticking point. There is no denying the influence. Most of them(Bulgarians) will say they don't like Russians however when you ask them, they are forever indebted and will always have respect for them.
It might be that it gets too warm here in Bulgaria to support it. Like I said it certainly gets cold enough in the winter but their summers are the same as Greece with 40 degree days. Don't get me wrong, their football players are talented but hockey just seems to never have an influence here. The closest thing to it I think would be Romania which use to have a solid program but then again, Romanians along with Moldovans do not speak a language even close to that of Russian based languages as its Roman based.
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