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10-24-2013, 09:15 PM
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USA and Other Countries

Somehow USA Hockey and other countries development of players entered the discussion. Not relevant to the Canadian Registration issue but interesting none the less. Brief explanation is in order.

At the start of the 1943-44 season the NHL introduced the "Red Line" for offsides, icing with an impact on forechecking. The C.A.H.A also adopted the "Red Line" and the resulting rule change, while the USA and all the international hockey community did not until the fall of 1969. Result was very few American born players developed in the USA made the NHL during the 1943-1969 stretch. Likewise Europeans.

Once the IIHF adopted the "Red Line" with the aggressive forecheck the number of American and International players increased significantly within five years as the transition to the NHL was much easier since the players had the necessary experience. A key barrier to NHL entry had been lifted.

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