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02-15-2013, 09:08 AM
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Maverick41
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Originally Posted by Dfire View Post
I think the discussion is going in a wrong direction here. We didn't not qualify because we lack skill or player material. The skill level we iced was superior to the other teams. We were mentally weaker in crucial moment in my opinion.
While I think that the points raised regarding what is wrong with hockey in Germany are mostly valid, I agree that lack of skill was not the issue here.

Actually I think we have more talented young players right now than we have had for a while. The problem really is that these players and coaches could not get the job done. Whether it was the burden of being the favourites or just plain mental weakness, fact is that they did not deliver.

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