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05-17-2013, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Ragan View Post
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.
Nah, some of you aren't old enough. The Canadian National Team was despised by Swedes even in the 60's with Father Bauer being ever pacifist stopping his Canadian team from reacting to whats going on.

When Team Canada's head coach, a man of the clergy at that, is injured by a Swedish player throwing a broken stick at him(broken with a vicious crosscheck to a Team Canada players back) and hitting him in the head in the 1964 Olympics know that theres some history here. Think about that. As bad as you want to make out Canadian players when has a Canadian player injured an opponent coach? Most canadian players have heard about that episode as one of the most sickening things they'd ever seen.

Father Bauer used to talk about how for some reason Swedes couldn't stand the Canadian hockey players and how biased officiating and the IIHF was. This being long before the Broadstreet bullies.

A Canadian POV on this is of course going to be different. The average Canadian player doesn't have a high opinion of some swedish tactics either.

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