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02-16-2013, 07:49 PM
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Cory Trevor
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Originally Posted by saskriders View Post
When would teams other than Canada start to have been a legit threat for a gold medal?

I think we can all agree that in the early days Canada had the best players AINEC, but today that isn't true. However it is hard to say when the change happened since the first real pros vs pros tournaments didn't really happen till the 70s.
Well It's a solid point and a good question posed. I don't really know what to think. Personally and this maybe just me talking but in those days, early seventies and whatnot, had pros been playing, it still wouldn't have really mattered. Those Soviet teams were so full of talent and skill that I think they maybe wouldn't have won as much, but they still would have been the better team.I think the course may have been shortened by about half a decade, but it still would be Soviet teams dominating where and when they wanted.

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