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04-21-2013, 05:21 AM
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In team Belarus there are a lot of naturalized Russians. Just sayin

We (I mean Latvia) also have some ethnic Russian prospects like last year's 2nd round draft pick Teodors Bļugers, or Edgars Kulda who plays in WHL, Nikolajs Jeļisējevs who plays for HK Rīga or this guy:

but these are all born in Latvia, have at least started to learn hockey in Latvia and in some cases one might even not immediately recognize that they are of Russian ethnicity due to intermarriage and stuff.

Of course after the collapse of the Soviet Union we had a lot of ethnic Russians (not born in Latvia) playing for our team but thankfully we didn't start to ''import'' players later as I personally am against raising the level of NT with Canadian, Russian, American or other imports. I'm even doubtful about Ainārs Podziņ, as he is of Latvian ethnicity but has had very limited if actually 0 ties to the country and its hockey system. But as he is a Latvian if he wants he should have ability to fight for the spot on the NT imho.

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