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10-20-2013, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Depth players. Interesting detail. 1992 Canadian registration was rather low 430,000. Canadian depth player today, aged 25-29 would have been starting at the intro, novice level.Go back 20 more years and you will see the results of the late sixties,early seventies registrations in terms of 1992-93 Canadian depth players.

Compare the quality of Canadian depth players from the two periods.
Originally Posted by BraveCanadian View Post
I think that would be why there has been a large increase in American depth players more recently.
it's hard to draw too many conclusions to the maount of deopth players from the states by looking at Canadian hockey regristration numbers IMO.

There are lots of other factors going on.

1) The huge influx of players from Europe from the early 90's onward, both in terms of quality and quantity.

2) the growth of the game in the United States, especially outside of traditional markets such as Minnesota and Massachusetts. this extends to areas in Canada which have had more recent booms in providing the NHL with players and talent, most namely an increase from the maritimes and BC.

3) The role of elite programs. I know that a lot of the talent growth in BC and the states has come via these routes , not as sure as to what is going on in the rest of Canada but there was a renewed effort on elite development after the WJHC fiasco in the late 80's as well.

the reregistration numbers are interesting but it's hard to draw too many conclusions in isolation just by strictly looking at them.

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