Swiss showed: NHL, KHL, SHMHL don't matter, you need a team
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05-19-2013, 05:18 AM
Join Date: May 2005
This has certainly been a historic run for the Swiss and I'm sure the fans there are very excited but as always people are getting a little carried away about the quality of the players vs the performance of the team. Siberian is right, team success and individual skill can be very hard to correlate as there are many factors involved. We see it every day in league play where teams with clearly less skilled individual players beat ones with better line ups, win playoff rounds, etc, etc.
Based on the IIHF's own number the Swiss have around 1.5 to 2% of the world's total hockey population which proportionally speaking is not even enough to fill one NHL roster. The odds are even the full Swiss national A team would finish last if they played an entire season in the NHL. Same would have been true for the 1980 US Olympic hockey team.
The best thing this WC run can do is if it gets more Swiss kids out playing the game, hopefully that will be the case.
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