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04-20-2013, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by slovakiasnextone View Post
Well, considering that national teams in hockey are mainly based on nationality (as it should be IMO), it's hardly surprising. Every country even the smaller ones hae a few players ike this (for example Slovakia with the Šťastný brothers or Vanek, who's actually Slovak o his mother's side). As has been said ofc it's stronger with Russia due to the strong presence of Russian minorities in several former USSR countries.

Also Galchenyuk? Does one turn into being ethnically Russian by obtaining Russian citizenship? Because I was always under the impression that Galchenyuk was ethnically Belarussian? Unless his mother is Russian as I'm 100% positive abut his father being Belarussian.
Actually, Belarusian is a nationality, but not an ethnicity. Belarusians and Russians are essentially the same ethnicity, along with Ukrainians. Any genetic differences among the Eastern Slavic branch of humanity are too small to classify.

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