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Online Book about the 80 years of Hungarian Ice Hockey

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Online Book about the 80 years of Hungarian Ice Hockey

Online Book about the 80 years of Hungarian Ice Hockey

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I just read it and am impressed by how well Hungarian hockey was developing in the 1930s and 40s. The post-WWII years showed development, limited to Communist opponents mostly, though the Czechs and Soviets helped in terms of coaching and competition. Still, even though it is not explicitly mentioned, Hungarian hockey seemed to be limited by political developments as well as technological ones. A lot of clubs disappeared from the late sixties to the eighties, at a time when training became much more reliant on indoor rinks, which Hungary didn't have until the 90s. The heyday of the 30s, playing teams from everywhere, with play outdoors, pointed toward a decent future for Hungarian hockey. If not for specific political-economic-technological challanges, Hungary would be a greater hockey power today. I hadn't realized that. I'd heard before that there were no indoor rinks before 1990 and assumed that Hungarians simply didn't like hockey. This book dispells that impression, as well as shows how competitive the teams had been from time to time.

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