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05-17-2013, 12:19 PM
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heh, we won't agree much on this one my friend.

I go way back to Father Bauer as coach of Team Canada and the histrionics is even generationally ingrained. Respect to father Bauer who was apparently possessed of more tolerance than I am.
I think most of any possible contempt from Swedes towards canadian national teams stems mostly from the late seventies when some canadian players played like goons in the world championships. Not that these players were considered goons in the NHL at this point.
The 1977 WC springs to mind here when the canadian players took some serious liberties.
Also some other cases like a 18 year old Lindros running Ulf Samuelsson against the boards in the world cup, Lindros elbow hit in the head on Nylander and Brind'Amour running Forsberg into the boards might have something to do with it.
I also dont think Don Cherry and his opinions on Sweden and swedish players has been particularly popular.

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