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03-01-2014, 12:52 AM
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Originally Posted by TonsofPuppies View Post
The Soviets were never truly "dominant". Sending their pros to beat down on everyone's amateurs for decades is far from an impressive feat.
Actually, they were pretty darn dominant, show a little respect. So much that Canada had to make up a little exhibition tournament called the "Canada Cup" as a way to counteract that.

If you want proof of how good the Soviet system was, see the Russian invasion of the NHL in the 1990s when the iron curtain fell. It was only once far enough removed from that Soviet system that Russia really declined as a hockey power.

Note that this isn't some way of proclaiming that Canada wasn't also awesome. So don't get all insecure Canadians. Canada #1!!! We get it..

The fact that Russia was competitive with Canada in the "Canada Cup" speaks volumes about how strong the Soviet system was.

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