Ethnic Russian players playing for the others
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04-22-2013, 10:40 AM
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Let's stay with the facts.
Galchenyuk is an ethnic Belorussian and Pätzold is an ethnic German.
Nonetheless obviously the 90's had this effect. A lot of players and coaches and just non-hockey ppl moved out of Russia taking their kids with them or the kids were born outside Russia. Every case is different. I know my kid would play for Russia in a similar situation if he'd become a hockey player, but different parents handle that differently and it's their right to do so.
It seems that the original focus of the thread was to consider the number of former Soviet players who took job opportunities in other countries, eventually choosing full citizenship. The term ethnic was used, but I'm not sure the intent was to be that narrow.
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