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03-22-2013, 01:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Xokkeu View Post
Hungary has not qualified for Olympic hockey since 1964, despite being able to use fully professional players against Western European amatuers.
Professional hockey in Hungary is a very recent thing. Actually it's a pretty recent thing in all of Europe.

Slovakia on the other hand, since independence has finished; 6,10, 13, 5, 4

Slovakia has two silvers, a bronze and a gold medal in the World Championships. They have never been relegated since winning the second division in 1995.
Ok? Obviously Hungary hasn't been a regular at the elite level, but "head and shoulders" to me, is like comparing Canada and Mongolia. Hungary is still a solid Division 1A team, which are good hockey teams who can occasionally beat elite level teams, even if they aren't elite level regulars.

Hungary's highest finish since 1978 is 16th.

That was in the 2009 Worlds where they played Slovakia. They finished 0-6, with a -23 goal differential scoring half of their six goals in that one game against Slovakia. That was their first time in the highest division of the Worlds since 1939, when there was no relegation. Also coincidentally the last time Hungary won a game in the top level of the Worlds, against Belgium.
Which is proof that Hungary is a lot better these days than they have been in the past.

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