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05-18-2010, 01:53 AM
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American vs Canadian Style of Hockey

Hey guys

I am decently new to hockey and I was wondering are there any differences in the style of hockey played by the americans compared to the style played by the canadians.

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There is no difference at all.

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Whatever the Americans do, the Canadians do it better.

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Whatever the Americans do, the Canadians do it better.


But seriously, there is no difference

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Whatever the Americans do, the Canadians do it better.
You pretty much nailed it, imagine we had 300 000 000 people to select a hockey team from.

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No differences really, just mainly called North American hockey. They develop and play together in the same leagues (chl, ncaa, nhl etc.) so their styles are the same as a whole.

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Many American players come from NCAA hockey which is different than Major Junior hockey in Canada. I would say that Canadians are tougher.

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Very Similar.

Defense:

Big, strong, tough as nails Defense. Taking the body; Intimidating and frustrating opponents.
Think: (Pronger, Orpik, Weber, Komisarek)

Skilled, always analyzing the play, compliment their hard-nosed counterparts.
Think: (Niedermyer, Rafalski, Doughty, Whitney)

Forwards:

Size with skill, (Players that combine the physical game, possessing a nose for the net and great vision)
Think: (Thornton, Brown, Nash, Backes, Getzlaf, Malone, Staal etc.)

Pure offensive talent, (Players that have the ability to score goals from anywhere and create plays out of nothing.
Think: (Crosby, Parise, Iginla, Kane)



There is alot of players i left out. and no disrespect, i just wanted to add a few examples.

Canada and USA are moreso a combination of players that are Gritty, hard-working, not afraid to play in the dirty areas with Pure skilled, great vision, slick hands and speedy players.

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A better question would be:

What's the difference between North American and European style of hockey?

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Thinink about the teams at Vancouver I'd say very similar, USA a little bit faster on he skates, Canada tougher and with better balance on their skates. But IMO that was more abut the way they built their teams than about a difference in general style.

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A better question would be:

What's the difference between North American and European style of hockey?
Is the a European style? Russian, Sewedes, Fins and Czechs,... , I don't see them playing the same way in international games.

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Very Similar.

Defense:

Big, strong, tough as nails Defense. Taking the body; Intimidating and frustrating opponents.
Think: (Komisarek)

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You named one of the worst defencemen in the league lolol

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You pretty much nailed it, imagine we had 300 000 000 people to select a hockey team from.
Canada's Team Z would wipe out everyone!

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You pretty much nailed it, imagine we had 300 000 000 people to select a hockey team from.
What difference does it make having 350 million people to choose from? The same amount of people play hockey in the US as they do in Canada. Now if the same percentage of Americans played as they do in Canada--our Team Z would take out everybody.

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What difference does it make having 350 million people to choose from? The same amount of people play hockey in the US as they do in Canada. Now if the same percentage of Americans played as they do in Canada--our Team Z would take out everybody.
Keep dreaming kid

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What difference does it make having 350 million people to choose from? The same amount of people play hockey in the US as they do in Canada. Now if the same percentage of Americans played as they do in Canada--our Team Z would take out everybody.
I believe he was implying that the same percentage of Canadians would still play hockey if the population was that large.

The Canadian and American styles are very similar, as Canadians and Americans have been playing hockey with each other and watching each other play hockey for over a century. Today I would say Americans put more emphasis on speed while Canadians put more emphasis on puck control, although the difference between the two in this regard is pretty small.

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You named one of the worst defencemen in the league lolol
all-star/Olympic invite Komi. no way.
Habs fans loved him when he was in Mtl. (funny how it changes, silly habs fans) And would look alright right now fending off the flyers gritty players, who seem to be walking all over them. This is coming from someone hoping that habs do well in the playoffs; just being a realist though.

stupid me i should have added hard as a rock Gill and Gorges. lolol

Btw, you dont think komisarek fits those characteristics ......or do you hate the leafs and want to take a jab at them at all expenses. My guess: if i said Phaneuf in there as well, you would have a similar witty comment?

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aside from the fact it took the Canadians All Stars Sidney Crosby in OT to beat us in the Olympics, there isn't any difference in style. However, in overall heart, given the fact the US won the U-17 & WJC & referencing the above, it really is no contest that the US is tops....

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aside from the fact it took the Canadians All Stars Sidney Crosby in OT to beat us in the Olympics, there isn't any difference in style. However, in overall heart, given the fact the US won the U-17 & WJC & referencing the above, it really is no contest that the US is tops....


don't take the bait.

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Whatever the Americans do, the Canadians do it better.
There always has to be one of these in each thread. Really necessary!

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I find it interesting that there's been a fair few American enforcers even though I think fighting is a big no no in the NCAA. Seems like some kids just really wanna go at it.

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I find it interesting that there's been a fair few American enforcers even though I think fighting is a big no no in the NCAA. Seems like some kids just really wanna go at it.
Some players turn to fighting as a way to make the NHL if their hockey skills themselves may leave them short of that goal.

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You pretty much nailed it, imagine we had 300 000 000 people to select a hockey team from.
I wish every day that Canada bordered Mexico in order to help you get closer to that 300,000,000

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I think the US plays the way Canada did fifteen years ago. I find there to be a little more work ethic with the upcoming players from the US, but more skill from the Canadians.

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I wish every day that Canada bordered Mexico in order to help you get closer to that 300,000,000
we've actually been flying them up to vancouver so they can sneak into california from both sides.



my take is that american hockey skill still lags behind the canadians, but they make up for it by trying to instill systems and playing 'grittier'.

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