I like when people sum up Europeans and North Americans, while they should be thinking every nation as individual. Finns, Swedes, Russians, Czechs, Slovaks, Swiss etc.
If you look at Finns who are playing or has played in the NHL there isn't many who would fall under the category of divers. Jarkko Ruutu in the later years is about the only one I can think of. Finns may be many things but I don't see my countrymen as divers.
Call me biased but thats my honest opinion.
I would agree with this. Every nation has had their divers and dirty players, but the Finns in general play it pretty honorable.
If you know the hockey culture in Canada, and I seriously doubt you do, you would know that in 1929 opposing cities would say that the other team's star players were the spawn of Satan if they thought it would sell papers and appease their own fans. Actually, they still do that.
Personally, I'd like to see more simulation penalties from the refs and I agree that all nations have their share of divers.
What I HATE are players who fake injuries. There should be some sort of way to punish that behaviour.
Football has a rule that helps(American Football). If you are lying on the ice and you have someone come out onto the ice to help you of whatever, you cannot play for a period of time(football has it as 3 plays I believe), maybe 5 minutes?
I hope they don't. Didn't care for Schiefele's yesterday. It certainly isn't the Canadian way to do it, or at least there was a time (maybe not this generation) where Canadians as a general rule wouldn't act like European soccer players. I always hope we don't score when there is a powerplay from a ridiculous dive. I honestly do. I never like it when we start taking the cue of Russian and European teams. We're supposed to be better than that.
What a bunch of crap. Canada has always been diving, just like all other countries do from time to time. And in this tournament they have been diving the most out of any team.
It's absolutely hilarious when Spott whines to the media about players staying down when his own players are falling all over the ice.
Let's set the record straight here, boys. The interviewer from TSN asks leading questions on whatever subject he and his producer deem makes the best story. The topic that day was about diving. All Spott and the rest of the team can answer is "We don't really dive", which is what any team would say. Then that becomes a feature story on TSN.ca and gets posted on this forum and voila, here we are.