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11-25-2013, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by GCZ View Post
It's part of the equation. Passionate and proficient hockey culture is more likely to produce success than failure.
It can also create complacency, which will in turn generate (usually temporary) failure. But that doesn't mean that the passion and proficiency still aren't there.

Besides, you can create a "hockey town" just about anywhere with enough local success. But true hockey towns retain their culture and passion towards the sport even through failure and hardship. For example, Tampere is pretty constant in that sense. It remains to be seen what happens in Oulu when Kärpät hits a stretch that makes the glory years seem like a memory long past.

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