I've posted this in another thread, but other countries, mainly usa hockey, should give canada hockey gratitude. Usa hockey was in shambles in the late 90s, early 00s. To turn it around, they almost took word for word hockey canadas development program and copied it. Usa hockey won't argue this fact. So the results you see now from US hockey is a direct result of this program. Other euro nations have also taken canadian coaches and directors to rebuild their programs, fact (look at swiss with krueger as one example). Yes it would be foolish to not allow any imports into the chl, but not realizing that the canadian development program is one of the major reasons some nations are doing well is a travesty.
I won't argue - copying from the best is a very good strategy in general that has been shown countless times through history (look at Rome vs. Greece ). What I was saying was that sending players to the CHL has only been a marginal factor in development of other nations. And as the discussion has largely been about foreign players in the CHL and it's effects, I made a comment about that.
This have to be the dumbest thing i have read in a long while. It's fine that you like your country. Its cool that you want to deffend it. But that post
The fact that Canada have been dominant in the past has no revelance today since only players under 20 are allowed to participate in the tournament. Therefore, to deducate which nation is the best one at the moment, one should only look at the past 3 years. And if you would do that, you will see quite clear which nations are the strong ones at the moment.
By using your troll logic, Brazil would be the best football team in the world since they have 9 medals in the world cup. Are Brazil the best football team in the world? Hell no. What have they done to prove that since 2002? But just like Canada in ice hockey, Brazil have been the most dominant team through history. But they are not the best at the moment, nor have they been the best consistently.
Canada still produces the most talent but in a short tournament anything can happen. Have to give the other teams credit for beating Canada. Before the recent five straight golds Canada went seven straight years not winning, they will bounce back. If Canada was getting blown out consistently I'd be worried, this year was the first year that happened.
I understand the butt hurt this has cause many of my fellow Canadians - but we were outclassed in games we 'should' have won.
This thread (like many) turns into a peeing contest. Puff your chests up!
Give it a rest. Congrats to the US team. They deserved it, turned it up a notch when they needed too. Something the Canadian team needed to do, but did not. I think talent wise on par or better (minus the goalie) but it's on the coach to get his team prepped. I didn't see that in the Semi's.
I used to care about winning, but after years of watching the tournament I now simply appreciate it for the great hockey it produces. Props to the american's for pulling off the victory. I had a hunch they would do well, this age group won gold when it was at the u17 level so I knew it would be good. Prior to the tournament the yanks were paying 5.5 times your money on an online gambling website I frequent, and I seriously considered dropping 200 bucks on them because I knew they had a good defence. I'm annoyed that I didn't follow my gut, and I'm a bit disgusted such a quality team like Canada couldn't get a medal (I blame the coach to be honest, Steve Spott is not a winner) but I'm grateful for some great hockey. That's what the tournament is about, not about thumping your chest because you're from the winning geographic region.
It is Canada's game. The only country where hockey is #1 (our official winter sport), we have the most hockey players of any country in the world and most NHLers, ice hockey was invented here, the first organized game was played here, we have more gold medals at the WJC than any other nation, 24 WC gold medals and 8 Olympic golds (including the last two). Hockey is broadcast here on a level like nowhere else in the world and is massively popular across the country.
So how isn't hockey Canada's game? I understand it's played at high levels internationally and am all for the globalization of the game. But to suggest Canada isn't the worlds biggest hockey market is ridiculous. That would be like saying American Football and baseball aren't American games.
The rest of the world has definitely caught up with Canada's junior-development.
That is what they were saying right before we went on a five year unbeaten streak.
Every country in the top 8 can get 20 players together and compete every year. There is no such thing as a sure thing anymore, that is true.
But in terms of depth, your comment isn't even remotely close. Our 200th best junior player could still be an NHLer. Other countries' 200 best junior player is playing in a beer league two years from now.
Canada has lost four WJC in a row. Two of them were on Canadian ice and the other one was extremely close to the Canadian border. They had their best available players this tournament and did not medal. Hockey Canada needs to make a few adjustments in the years ahead.