Soviet Union beat Canada (4-3) 1991 Canada Cup
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03-06-2013, 10:31 PM
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Canada routinely played with existing line combos from the NHL, so I doubt it would have substantially helped.
In hindsight, I think a strong focus on NT play hindered Soviets as much as it helped (a top heavy league watered down the competition for elite players; and as such they gained little experience in clutch situations, etc).
Regardless, Soviet WJC success was similar to the senor team's despite no strong emphasis on a junior NT. This is evidence that success was predicated on talent more so than chemistry and prep time.
So playing and practicing together makes a hockey team worse, wow.
And as far as which country has the bigger cheating and corruption problem, I don't even think there is even any point debating it.
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