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02-16-2013, 09:12 AM
Raimo Sillanpää
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Originally Posted by paul-laus View Post
I'm sorry for coming off as redundant, but just to confirm all European hockey clubs from Biel in Switzerland to Ilves in Finland have a developmental system that goes as far back as an under 16 team?
I'd say Finnish teams have systems going all the way down to 4-5 year olds.
As soon as little boys want to start skating there's a team for them. Sure it's fooling around - but they're in the same team and system that unless they move they'd be in all the way to SM-Liiga

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