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03-15-2013, 06:24 PM
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Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Hubie View Post
With the exception of 1981, every best on best tournament held in North America has been won by Canada/US and every tournament held outside NA has been won by a European team. This seems to indicate an advantage.
There has only been two held outside of NA so I would say the sample size is far too low to draw any conclusions, and it's not like any one of the contenders could claim a home ice advantage in Nagano. If you look at the World Championships on average teams place higher in the year before and the year after hosting than they do the year they host.

Ice size is a different issue that I haven't calculated the winning percentages on, but it is probably a factor. However in general the top players in Europe have way more experience playing on the small ice than North Americans have on the big ice, so it's not really the same both ways.

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Originally Posted by Hanji View Post
North Americans have won 53% of world juniors held in North America, 45% when in Europe. It does appear to be at least some advantage.
Here are the percentages of tournaments won at the WJC, when hosting and not.

COUNTRYHOST WINNING %AWAY WINNING %
CAN4041
CZE06
SWE06
FIN203
RUS/USSR2536
USA09

As you can see all but one country has won a higher percentage of tournaments when not hosting as opposed to hosting.

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