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05-15-2005, 04:20 PM
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Ex Leaf draft pick Masterminds Czech Victory

Vladimir Ruzicka who never played for the Leafs of course was a big star in Czechslovakia who's rights were traded by the Leafs to the Oilers, his nick name was Rosey. Kaberle must be estatic he'll never win a bigger game in his life.

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i never realized the IIHF WC's were considered huge

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i never realized the IIHF WC's were considered huge
Your not from Europe, huge for Czech's who were under Soviet dictator ship for 50 years, this means more to the Czech people than any Stanley Cup for a native son and their young democracy.

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Your not from Europe, huge for Czech's who were under Soviet dictator ship for 50 years, this means more to the Czech people than any Stanley Cup for a native son and their young democracy.
It means a great deal, but I'm sure many Europeans, especially the players themselves, have come to value the Stanley Cup as the ultimate prize.

For evidence I cite Mats Naslund, who said exactly that in an interview I heard.

In terms of international hockey, the Olympics is still king.

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It means a great deal, but I'm sure many Europeans, especially the players themselves, have come to value the Stanley Cup as the ultimate prize.

For evidence I cite Mats Naslund, who said exactly that in an interview I heard.

In terms of international hockey, the Olympics is still king.
I don't know.

Would any of the Olympic Gold Medal winners from the 1980 team trade it in for a Stanley Cup?

WC's are normally taking place during the Stanley Cup playoffs, which devalues it, but this year it is close to an Olympic calibre tournament.

All the countries sent the best players they could, and Canada was lucky to win Silver.

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All the countries sent the best players they could, and Canada was lucky to win Silver.
That's not true at all. Canada was missing several of its biggest stars, the Swedes were missing a number of their best players, same with the Russians, Czechs and Americans. The WC were definitely not as big a deal as the Olympics.

Also, to the initial post, the idea that this Kaberle will "never win a bigger game in his life" sounds like a dig at the Leafs..

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All the countries sent the best players they could, and Canada was lucky to win Silver.

That's not true at all. Canada was missing several of its biggest stars, the Swedes were missing a number of their best players, same with the Russians, Czechs and Americans. The WC were definitely not as big a deal as the Olympics.

Also, to the initial post, the idea that this Kaberle will "never win a bigger game in his life" sounds like a dig at the Leafs..
But we must remember how often it is said Canada could sent their B team and win.

And I did say best players they could.

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