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No Longer Just Canada’s Game

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

So Canada's under-20 national team won't be playing for the gold medal, after getting clocked 5-1 by the United States Thursday at the world junior championship in Ufa, Russia.

So this means ... what? A colossal failure? Cause for a royal commission? A closing of the borders so that those dastardly foreigners - all two of them, per team - can't play in our major junior leagues, take spots away from our own kids, and then turn around and use what they've learned here to beat us over there?

Or is it simply one more chapter in the ongoing story of a sport that now belongs to the elite players of a half-dozen or more nations, not just one or two. To Americans and Swedes, to Russians and Canadians, to Finns and Swiss and Czechs.

Not necessarily, but sometimes, in that order.

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My big takeaways from Canada’s loss yesterday—NCAA is at least as good at developing elite players as the CHL thinks it is, and Canadian coaches are lurching toward lacking creativity. ‘Good Canadian Hockey’ is tactically static.

Posted by thos_pratt on 01/04/13 at 02:52 PM ET

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It was a banner day for NCAA hockey yesterday, that’s for sure.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/04/13 at 03:07 PM ET

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Excellent article.  However, CHL still better style for NHL.  Perhaps the fact World Juniors more like CHL HELPED THE NCAA guys. 

NCAA is more hidebound than CHL.  Don’t forget they LOST to Canada and Russia. 

It’s great that the talent pool is growing.  I’m proud the US won, but Canadians still develope better players.

Posted by 13 user names on 01/04/13 at 06:53 PM ET

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So this means ... what? A colossal failure? Cause for a royal commission? A closing of the borders so that those dastardly foreigners - all two of them, per team - can’t play in our major junior leagues, take spots away from our own kids, and then turn around and use what they’ve learned here to beat us over there?

Shh… Don’t give Don Cherry any ideas.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/04/13 at 07:57 PM ET

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